mermaid is one of my favorite renderosity artists. A master of the application VUE (created by E-on), this talented artist creates moody landscapes and environments that are so filled with subtle detail that they almost take on the quality of realist paintings or photographs. Such is The Journey #2, which I think is one of the best examples of what this artist can do.
Having worked with VUE, it does take a unique combination of poetic vision and technical skills to get just the right look and render. In The Journey #2 there is not a single element that is out of place. Even the very light mist that covers the area near the cottage is perfect. And as I've been repeating in my featured images comments, the scenes stimulates the viewers imagination so that he/she starts to ask questions like, "Who lives in this house?" and "How long has it been here". This evocative quality of great art is one of my favorite things, especially in this wonderful image.
Please take a moment and go to mermaid's gallery at renderosity.com to see more wonderous images. There are so many good ones, it's hard to choose.