I take photos and use those on notecards, there is a slate that I painted as a "Welcome" sign with a lighthouse, and the ornament in the front right has a painting of a building in the town (I love that building). The building is for sale although it is falling down. It was once a local market, but has been vacant for years. It has such character. . .I decided to paint the ornament in sepia tones, since it currently is chippy and various colors due to a partial remodel years ago.
Here is a close-up of the ornament-it is about 4" in diameter, which can make it difficult to get the details exact, but it adds to the hand-made character of the painting.