Painters ONLINE are having a lively discussion about realism. The arguments express my own thoughts to a large degree.
It revolves around the question of how far should an artist go with realism. Should realism turn to photo realism?
My personal view is that a painting should present the viewer with something a photo cannot give him. It should always show off the artist´s skills and the art of composition. After all a painter can turn a dull photograph into an attractive scene by adding items the camera missed. You can have cloud formations where there weren´t any. You can have people or animals in an otherwise bare landscape. You can have summer in the winter and much more.
A good photographer will have an eye for a subject. He will wait for the light to be right and present us with a brilliant photograph. A painter should do more than just copy a photo. Compare it with music. If you can play an instrument that´s great. If you are a virtuoso that´s even better don´t you think?