Painterly with Realism...
The two techniques can live together. I painted this one from a copyright free image I found on Google. It spoke to me. The painting is very close to the photo but only painting can give you those painterly paint strokes. Here it is:
I did not do any post processing on the image since I don't have the time right now. I started it last night and finished it this afternoon.
I painted this entirely using the Custom Brush: Square Canvas #2 and an ink pen for the tree limbs in ArtRage 5. The Square Canvas #2 brush is really wonderful. It blends, has brush strokes, is great at all sizes and just works!
I hope you like this one since it was fun to paint. Thanks again Daniel!