Monday, January 16, 2017

Chicago Botanic Gardens - Work in progress...

Almost done...Need a bench to sit in the garden and more refinements. Come to think of it, I used to be always on the move, not wanting to miss a beautiful flower or scene, never used the bench unless I was posing for a picture:), but now I sit sometimes, smell the roses and take in the view without thinking about missing out on stuff. Is it the aging process or the fact that I have visited the Chicago Botanic Garden at least a 50 times!
Work in progress...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chicago Botanic Gardens - Next step wip

The next step...foreground flowers popping up.
Next step...Purple irises seem to be floating without the support!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Starting a new painting of Chicago Botanic Garden

Starting a new painting of Chicago Botanic Gardens, one of my favorite places to visit. Some work in progress pictures below.
Initial block in

Sky done and added more details on the trees

Friday, December 23, 2016

St. Veronica~Watercolor painting~20"X30"~Aruna Nitin Sarode

Merry Christmas and happy holidays friends. I thought it appropriate to share my painting of St. Veronica on this occasion.
 St. Veronica~Watercolor painting~20"X30"~Aruna Nitin Sarode
Her marble statue is at the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. I was admiring the details on the fringes of her veil when I saw the face of Jesus on her veil. Then I read the brief narrative on the pedestal about her story. More than the face appearing on her veil, I was moved by her kindness, the beauty of human character in the midst of sacrilege. We need more kindness and compassion in this world.
Closeup of veil
Reference picture and work in progress

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Rose~Oil painting~Aruna Nitin Sarode

Rose~Oil painting ~6"x6"~Aruna Nitin Sarode
All done! What next?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

One year project?

Started painting this Rose in January and painted some more in November. Hoping to complete it soon.
Some work in progress pictures below -

Friday, December 16, 2016

Porch~Oil painting~12"x16"~Aruna Nitin Sarode

Porch~Oil painting~12"x16"~Aruna Nitin Sarode
Porch~Oil painting~12"x16"~Aruna Nitin Sarode
My client had a picture of her porch and commissioned me to paint it. With my artistic licence, I added a handful of red geraniums to make it pop. Painting was just delivered today and she is happy how it turned out   Some work in progress pictures below -


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Nuttington Lake, Oil painting by Aruna Nitin Sarode

Exciting news! I have been invited to exhibit my paintings in a group show at the David Adler Music and Arts Center in Libertyville, IL. The show will be in February 2017. I will post more details as we get closer to the event.
Nuttington Lake ~ Water mixable oil on panel ~ 9" x 12" ~ Aruna Nitin Sarode

Friday, September 30, 2016

Orange Glow, oil on panel

Orange Glow~Oil on panel~6"x8"~Aruna Nitin Sarode

Sunday, August 7, 2016

This one is for the cat lovers...

This one is for the cat lovers...
Golden kitty~Acrylic painting

Golden Kitty~Acrylic painting~Aruna Nitin Sarode

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A dog is a man's best friend.

Diesel~Acrylic painting on panel~11" x 14"
Artist: Aruna Nitin Sarode

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Exhibition Time!

Please stop by and take in the show at Jack Benny Center for the Arts

Aruna Sarode presents
“For the Love of Painting”
a fine arts painting exhibition
June 21 – July 25
Jack Benny Center for the Arts
39 Jack Benny Drive
Waukegan, IL 60087

MO-TH: 10am-9pm
FR: 10am-5pm
SA: 9am-4pm
847-360-4740 • Fax 847-662-0592

Artist’s Reception
Saturday July 16, 2016
12:00 noon to 3:30pm


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Laughing Buddha at the Gallery

My "Laughing Buddha" painting will be part of Members Exhibition at the Robert T.Wright Community Gallery of Art at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St.,Grayslake, IL.
The show runs from January 15-February 21,2016. Reception on January 22, 6-8 pm. Phone: 847-543-2040
Please stop by if you are in the area.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Portrait of a little boy

Portrait of a little boy
Here is the completed painting of my sweet little friend who always has the biggest smile for me.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Portrait of a little boy - Next step

He got a blue shirt...I have included the picture of the color mixtures for the skin color.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Portrait of a little boy - Work in progress

In the beginning stage...

I know, I never posted the completed painting of the other little boy previously posted. Here is Ryan -

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Kaffir Lily

Wow, it has been 10 years since I started painting in Acrylics. It was in 2005 that I received the 4th Place in the beginner category of the 13th Annual North Light Book Club Cover Competition. I'm sharing the page and the painting "Kaffir Lily".

Monday, October 12, 2015

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Portrait of a little boy

In the beginning stage. Somehow I already like it even at this stage. I think it's his smile!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Crocus - Step by step

Crocus~5"x7"~Oil on Canvas panel~Aruna Nitin
I painted this last year but never got around to post it. I have added step by step pictures taken during different stages of painting. Happy Spring!

 The crocus are such delicate flowers, I decided to keep the background fresh and simple. I painted a light wash of contrasting yellow for background.
 Painted the petals one by one.
 Added the leaves.

That completes it!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mother's Day Oil painting

Mother's Day~12" x 16"~Oil on Panel

Currently on display at the Antioch Fine Arts Foundation as a part of the third annual AFAF People's Choice exhibition. The gallery is located at 41380 Rt. 83, Antioch, Illinois 60002 Phone: (847) 838-2274 
Don't forget to visit and vote for your favorite.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Brush With Nature

Anatomically Correct presents
Brush with Nature
A juried art exhibition featuring the artworks of
Joy Bauer, TigerLily Cross, Eileen Finegold, Janet Gomez, Jeanine Hill-Soldner,
Howard A. Jacobs, Kara Johnson,
Steve Johnson, Doris Monti,
Leslie Outten, Irene Peterson, Aruna Sarode, Lothar Speer, Rita Walter and
Piotr Wolodkowicz

On display from Jan. 10 – Feb. 28, 2014 at
Emily Oaks Nature Center
4650 Brummel Avenue, Skokie, IL
Artists Reception: Friday, January 10, 2014 (7 – 9 pm)
Vote for your Favorite!

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Village of Skokie Fine Arts Commission , the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and Blick Art Materials. Founded in 1991, Anatomically Correct is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to showcasing works by artists in alternative spaces in a combined effort to educate, diversify, and promote community awareness of the visual and performing arts.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A busy September

September is going to be a busy month with my art work on display at 3 locations.

1. I am the featured artist at AFAF (Antioch Fine Arts Foundation) for the month of September in their Fireside Gallery. "Different Subjects, Different Mediums"  will be the theme. The gallery is located at 41380 Rt. 83, Antioch, IL 60002. Phone: 847-838-2274 

2. I am among the 20 artists that will participate in the Lake County Art League’s “Thank You JBC” Show at Jack Benny Art Center. The show runs from September 3 to October 5. The center is located at 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan, IL 60087. Phone: 847-360-4740

3. As mentioned in the previous post, I am displaying 3 of my paintings at the Anderson Art Center, Kenosha from August 25 to October 20, 2013. The art center is located on the beautiful lake front at 121, 66th st, Kenosha, WI 53143 Phone: 262-653-0481

Please stop by and enjoy the shows.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Gallery exhibition

Pink Blossoms~Oil~9"x12"~Framed~$250

Three of my paintings Pink Blossoms, St. Veronica and Tangerine will be on display at the Anderson Art Center, Kenosha from August 25 to October 20.
The art center is located on the beautiful lake front at 121, 66th st, Kenosha, WI 53143  
Phone: (262)-653-0481
Please stop by enjoy the show if you are in the area.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Earth Day - Plein Air

Emily Oaks Nature Center~Plein Air~Aruna Sarode~Acrylic~8x10

I participated in the Earth day celebrations plein air event Brush With Nature at the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie, IL on Saturday, April 20, 2013. It was a cold but sunny day. I thoroughly enjoyed painting out doors. Here is my painting and a photo from that day.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Tangerine~Oil on Canvas panel~ 5" x 7"

For the many folks that have inquired fondly about my art, here is my entry for the LCAL Spring show and critique at the Jack and Benny center for arts.  The address is 39 Jack Benny Dr, Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 360-4740. The show runs until May 20. Please stop by and take in the show if you are in the area.

I have added pictures below to show the work in progress. I started with a black background.  It is not a flat black but a slightly bluish black on left and pitch black on the right. Even though tangerine is the subject of this painting, I was drawn more to the subtle reflections in the glass bowl and also the color of the pyrex glass on the rim.  

 The tangerine took many layers of different shades of orange, crimson, scarlet, red, brown and yellow.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Art for the Parks - Lake Bluff, IL

I will be displaying my paintings at a fund-raiser event for the Lake Bluff Park District. Please stop by with your family and friends.

Under the big white tent at the LAKE BLUFF PARK DISTRICT
355 W Washington Ave, LAKE BLUFF, IL 60044
Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th
10 A.M. --- 5 P.M

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cone flower and a bee

Cone flower~Oil an canvas panel~5" x 7"

Here is the completed flower with a bee. Thanks to avid gardener, writer and bee enthusiast Pam Phillips for suggesting the subject for the painting.

Please contact if you are interested in purchasing this painting.

I got news that my tomato painting at the "Recent Works" show has been sold!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Cone flower background

The background was painted wet in wet with different shades of green and pink and the colors were blended. I like the effect of the directional strokes, so I am going to retain that look. Next, I'll be painting the bee and the seedhead. Please come back and check it out.