Chuckling through Chitrasanthe 2018

Growing into one of the biggest art event for public on an annual basis, Chitrasanthe is a platform created by the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat for a showcase of work by artists spread over varied age groups and mediums. What is interesting to see in such a showcase not restricted to art students, amateur and practising artists and being open to a larger public audience – sometimes overwhelmed by the massive range of this exhibit giving rise to spontaneous comical instances.

Take the example of how art is priced, and how the perception on investing in a piece of original art is very different among people. Here’s where a ton of factors like the general exposure and awareness of a fine arts related field, the attention towards details, effort and time taken to create the artwork, the conceptualisation itself of the piece as opposed to only rendering or reproducing an existing work come into play. Can such an event be a better means of exposure and awareness to the common man, over a long period of time? Perhaps yes? However, here’s a quick doodled documentation from some of the comical instances from the 2018 edition!

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Artifying musical instruments

Whether it’s as a souvenir of a locally made instrument or something enjoyed to be listened to, played and learnt, there is something exciting about creating art on musical instruments.

Apart from being highly personal with the art form to be rendered on the body of the instrument, this also involves considering the base material on which the inks/paints need to adhere to, and it’s subsequent effects on acoustics.

An important factor to consider would be if the instrument would be frequently in use once the painting is complete, in which case ample time is necessary for the painted surface to be left completely undisturbed. This made a huge difference in reducing smudge marks, dust or fingerprints showing up over the painted surface.

For the ones frequently in use, considering a layer or two of varnish to coat the dried painted surface is a good way of protecting the artwork from sweat, stains and dust. Repainting can be done at intervals if necessary, and having old rags, newspapers, blotting paper or tissues comes in very handy with smudges or those inevitable spontaneous mistakes in the artwork.