I went with JanJaggar. I love how he created an inner-sanctum feel to his painting. As if the gates truly hid away the magicians guild form the rest of the city. And his focus was on the gates and not the inner city which gave an air of mystery to the painting. Nice!
All of the images are beautiful but I would like to add that a magician is an illusionist not a practiconer of 'The Craft' - however some magacians are alchemists. Having said that I also love the sense of allure and suspense in VV's painting and his colors are brilliant which is why this painting was my second choice.
"Creativity emerges only when the imagination is given the freedom it deserves."