A painting will move me emotionally in ways a photograph cannot, but that's just a personal preference. There is so much to appreciate in viewing a painting "live" and "in person." The application of paint, the brush strokes, the use of color--these things are all part of appreciating a painting in a way that isn't possible with photography.
It doesn't matter wheter it's a painting or a photo it's the composition and way it's presented. I've taken some of my own work paintings and photographs and turned them into black and white and the impact was very different.
i like photographs because i think they can capture the exact emotions and feelings of a person at that millisecond. Even though the focal point of a photograph is on the particular image or person, the background is also represented in the photograph that adds to the overall meaning of the photograph.
There are many reasons to think that photos are better in the short run, but drawings last longer in your memory. That would explain why after all this time, 100 years or more, no photographer has been able to reach every Tom, Dick, and Harry the way Picasso did with his drawings and Van Gogh with his paintings and Snoopy and The Simpsons with their cartoons. --
I can't draw, and I can't even handle a camera, but sometimes receive drawings and photos from friends to include in a hub or a post, and I find that people rarely click on a photo to see it enlarged, but very often want to see even a sketchy drawing enlarged.
I think I would pick a painting over a photograph, at least if I'm trying to convey a feeling. Photographs can convey feelings too, depending on what image is taken, yet I feel that paintings inspire the imagination and have a way of really expressing emotions and feelings.