Sunday, December 6, 2009


"Dockside" 7.6" x 10" oil on panel

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Opening Night at the Crescent

Here is a shot from opening night at the Crescent Art Gallery. It was a beautiful evening, lots of people stopped by and a couple of things sold, good way to kick off the show! Happy Thanksgiving All!

Friday, October 30, 2009

New Book and One-Man Show


I'm delighted to announce the release of my new book; STUART ROPER - Selected Works, which is now available. This 80 page portfolio style book has 62 full color plates, and is available in both softcover and hardcover editions. You can preview the book and find ordering information by clicking on the link below the picture or by visiting the 'book' page on my website:


Brown's Barn in Winter oil on panel 20" x 24"

The Crescent Gallery

172 East Main Street

Spartanburg, SC 29306

Opening Reception

Thursday, November 19, 2009
5pm - 9pm
Exhibition continues through December 2009

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Monday, October 26, 2009

October at Biltmore

On location at Biltmore - photo by Larry Westfall

Last week, on the most splendid October morning, I was painting on location at George Vanderbilt's spectacular Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Not a bad spot to plop down your easel! This photo was shot by Larry Westfall, visiting from Houston, Texas.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Circa 1910

Circa 1910 oil on panel 11" x 14"

Here is a plein air painting that I did on the first day of October, with autumn just beginning to make its arrival. This little church, built around 1910, had just held its last service the previous Sunday. The parishioners have offered the structure to be moved, but the sentiment is that it will be torn down instead. Sadly, this story is being repeated all too often.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

"Sunset Palms"

"Sunset Palms" oil on panel 9" x 12"

Here is a small painting from a trip to the coast of Georgia in spring. The sun was setting, casting a firey glow on this group of palms... who could resist that!

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

PAP-SE Workshop and Forum

PAP-SE members and artist colleagues

The Plein Air Painters of the Southeast just held a workshop and forum near Boone, NC at the beautiful equestrian retreat of Leatherwood Mountains. PAP-SE generously opened the event to include fellow artists from all over the area, and with many attending, we truly had a wonderful time. It was indeed a pleasure and honor to work alongside so many talented colleagues. Pictured above, from left to right are: Gavin Brooks, Carol and Perry Austin, Dee Beard Dean, Larry Moore, Richard Oversmith, Rich Nelson, and just the rear end of Trey Finney!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Banner Elk Paint Out

"Greenway Morning" 8" x 10" oil on panel

The Avery Arts Council in Banner Elk held a one day paint-out on Saturday, August 22, in celebration of their lovely greenway. Painters from across the region participated, and we had a really good time. The event ended with an awards ceremony at The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk. My little plein air painting, "Greenway Morning," won third place! The Arts Council is hoping to make this an annual event.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

"East Fork Falls"

"East Fork Falls" 18" x 18" oil on panel

Just spent a week in Brevard, NC, also known as "The Land of Waterfalls." There are so many obscure waterfalls that are off the beaten path, and here's one that's located on one of the most beautiful rivers in the area.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"Summer On Rich Mountain"

"Summer on Rich Mountain" 8 x 10 oil on panel

With Looking Glass Rock just visible in the distance, this view from high atop Rich Mountain was exhilirating to do. Though it was a secluded spot, there was an occasional car or truck that passed, throwing up clouds of dust... my painting is a bit gritty, but that's one of the delightful (NOT!) aspects of painting on location!

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

"Misty Day At Triple Falls" Demo - from plein-air study to completed studio painting.

Here is a demonstration of how I took a 12" x 12" plein-air painting back into the studio and worked it up into a 36" x 30" studio version.

Above is my plein air study of "Misty Day At Triple Falls" 12" x 12" oil on panel.

For my studio version of the painting, instead of a square format, I wanted to have a more vertical aspect, allowing me to develop more interest and a bit more of a lead-in to the main subject. The canvas chosen was a 36" x 30" with an oil primed surface. At this stage, I mixed a warm neutral from burnt sienna and ultramarine blue to tone the canvas and also to indicate the main shapes in the composition.

Though I often work from a more limited palette, here I've extended it to include burnt sienna, viridian and chromatic black. This stage shows the initial blocking in of the large shapes with general local colors.

Here I continue to develop areas in general terms. I'm still working with relatively thin paint, and scumbling in some areas of the rocks for added interest and textural effects.

At this stage, I start letting the paint really build on the surface. I want to be able to work wet-into-wet and be able to control edges as I approach the final stages and detail.

Here, paint was applied quite generously, and in some areas of the rocks, with a palette knife. I don't often use a palette knife, but in this painting, the areas of broken color and texture in the foreground rocks really came to life when I let the knife's magic go to work. Using a different tool, like a palette knife, can feel awkward at first, but with practice, it can become a vital part of the arsenal to achieve a desired effect. There is always a moment when "the painting" tells me to stop, and here is the final version of "Misty Day At Triple Falls" oil on oil primed canvas 36" x 30".

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

En Plein Air in Burnsville, NC

Claire Simpson Jones at work

What an incredibly beautiful day for plein air painting alongside my friend Claire. The sky was sparkling and the temps in the upper 70's... if only it could stay like this until about November!

"Contemporary Representation" at 16 Patton Fine Art Gallery

"Whisper Mountain Vista" 18 x 18 oil on panel

"Contemporary Representation" is the title of the current exhibition at 16 Patton Fine Art Gallery in Asheville, NC. The exhibition continues through July 14th 2009

For more information visit: 16 Patton Fine Art Gallery

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Finally, the rain has moved on and what a day for painting! Today, along with some fellow members of the Western North Carolina Plein Air Painters, we set up easels, primed our brushes and had a grand old time!

Peggy Taylor and Linda Cheek taking a break

Richard Oversmith smiles for the camera

More on WNCPAP: WNC Plein Air Painters Website

Saturday, May 9, 2009


"Waren Wilson Barn in Spring" oil on canvas 9" x 12"

Unfettered by theme or subject matter, this new exhibition at 16 Patton Gallery, in Asheville, NC, displays subjects and mediums of gallery artist's choosing, constrained only by the artist's imagination, creativity, heart and soul.
16 Patton Gallery Fine Art Gallery
16 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Saturday, May 2- Sunday, June 7, 2009

For more information visit: 16 Patton Fine Art Gallery

Sunday, May 3, 2009

1000Markets Shop Now Open!

I'm pleased to announce the opening of my new online shop with  With this new and fun  marketplace, you'll find Original Paintings as well as Fine Art Giclee Prints in various sizes and prices.  You'll also find a direct link to my shop "Stuart Roper Fine Art" from my main website, on the "Prints" tab as well as here on my blog.  I hope that everyone enjoys visiting, and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or constructive comments on your shopping experience.  I'll be regularly adding and changing the shop inventory, so hopefully, there will always be a new item awaiting your discovery!

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Master Painters

Kevin Macpherson painting "Ray"

Just returning from a week long painting trip to Charleston, SC, I thought I'd post a few "Master Painters" that were there as well. Above is Kevin Macpherson doing a painting of a man named Ray. Below is my friend Richard Oversmith working on a brilliant little study of the same subject. Richard and I had lots of fun meeting these artists and getting in some painting as well.

Richard Oversmith working on his study of Ray

Master pastel artist Albert Handell

Also working there last week were Gil Dellinger and Mary Whyte, where, along with Albert and Kevin were the featured artists in the "Wet Paint 2009" exhibition at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Fine Art Prints

Newly expanded exhibition space!

For the past two years, I have been offering Fine Art Prints of my original works. These prints are completely done in my studio, from the high resolution digital captures, to editing and all phases of the printing process. I only use the finest and most archival inks and substrates available. Each print is then signed by me, and receives a final UV protective coating.

I have just recently expanded my exhibition space in downtown Asheville, North Carolina at The Woolworth Walk. Located at 25 Haywood Street, Woolworth Walk is a very popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Look for my work there in Space 6, and I hope to soon have a link for online shopping as well.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Asheville Citizen-Times: Portfolio

"The Problem Solvers" oil on panel 16" x 20"

This group of workers, seemingly perplexed by what's in the hole, really caught my eye. The arrangement of lights and darks and those vivid colors made for an interesting arrangement. It's also featured in my profile in the January 11th edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper. To read the full article, click on the link below! Happy New Year to all, and thanks for following my blog!

For the full story, visit: Asheville Citizen-Times: Portfolio