BT Purple

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More from Boom Town! Eventually, I will take some good photos of the work installed at the Last Drop. I’m not super creative with titles, so I just called this BT Purple for it’s dominant color and difference from the others (in a set of 3, being yellow and blue). I really love the brightness of this guy.

All the work is for sale! So I am listing prices if they haven’t sold. If you are interested give me a shout. 🙂

BT Purple
11×14 Gouache and Pentel Brush Pen on Paper, framed.
from Boom Town
$175

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Dark City

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After a lot of bright colors and black outlines, I wanted to mix it up with a dark background. I call this Dark City, but the paint really stands out. It also has a velvety look that I was not expecting. I also see a bit of Howl’s Moving Castle creeping in there. Painting with the white outline was a bit harder for me than the brush pen – but practice makes perfect as they say!

Dark City
from Boom Town (Open Now!)
Gouache on 12×12 Masonite Panel
$150

Thank you!!!!

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Boom Town opened on Friday, and I have to say a big thank you to everyone who stopped by, especially because of the weather. Every time I see my friends and colleagues at my shows, I am touched and humbled by their support.

Watch this space for some more shots of the Boom Town, and the show will be up through February 5th at the Last Drop, so stop on by and grab a cup of joe.

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Boom Town opens today!!

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Tonight is the opening reception of BOOM TOWN folks, and here is a sneak peek!! A total of 18 pieces, 40 gocco prints, and 120 pins were created for the show. I had a lot of fun experimenting with color – BRIGHT COLOR – and playing with the details.

I hope to see YOU tonight!
BOOM TOWN
Last Drop Coffee House // 1300 Pine Street, Philadelphia // 5PM-8PM

Ephemera! extended & online!

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Hello hello,

Fantastic news everyone, FANTASTIC. The Philadelphia Cartoonist Society’s EPHEMERA! exhibit has been extended!! What’s that you say? You haven’t been to see it yet? Well now you have through FEB 18TH, 2014 to take a gander of the wonder that is our show. Need further enticement? Well, click no further than this link: http://www.librarycompany.org/cartoonist and feast your eyes on the online exhibit!

Remember folks, the majority of this visual delight is for sale!! Any interest feel free to contact me.

Big thanks to the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Ephemera Society of America and the general positive response we’ve been getting.

Ephemera!
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Open M-F, 9am-445pm

Boom Town

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Opening Friday, December 6th I will be exhibiting new works, and in FULL COLOR! Below is a slideshow of my process adding color. It has been really fun, and a lot looser than I usually work.

Boom Town
Opening Reception:
Friday, December 6th, 5PM-8PM
Showing through Feb 5th.
Last Drop Coffee House
1300 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA

You can get more info and RSVP to the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1418276238402587
Don’t forget to like me on Facebook to follow my progress: https://www.facebook.com/cmbarbera.art

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Street Trade

cb-streetHello folks! Now that the Ephemera! show is on display, I wanted to share one of my pieces. This one, entitled Street Trade, is inspired by a Philadelphia Business Directory from 1851. These directories were a pictorial representation of businesses on a particular street. The prints show the storefronts and business details on the back. I wish we (as a culture) still made stuff like this!! The 18th and particularly the 19th centuries are saturated with visual culture. Every day I find something new and amazing be inspired by – if you are in Philly, you should come by and check out the show. Also, the work is for sale! (The piece above is sold, but there is a lot more amazing art by amazing artists from the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society in the show.)

lam1851rea-2975-q-5-3Plate 5 in Julio Rae, Rae’s Philadelphia Pictorial Directory & Panoramic Advertiser. Philadelphia, Julio Rae, 1851.

Ephemera!
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Open M-F; 9AM-445PM

Ephemera! Ephemera!

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You may have noticed I am a bit Ephemera daft lately – at least if you follow me on Twitter, or Facebook, you would see the theme. It is not just because historical ephemera is one of the most amazing and eclectic visual resources available, but because I co-curated an exhibit inspired by the Library Company’s vast ephemera collection.

Together with Christian Patchell (my long-time exhibition collaborator) and fellow member of the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society, we invited 9 cartoonists to participate in a show that compliments Remnants of Everyday Life, a show on historical ephemera, at LCP.

Basically, this show rules, and you should come see it. Both shows actually.

I’ll post some of my art soon! You can find out more here – just scroll down to “Getting Creative with Ephemera”.

Ephemera! is open now through December 13, 2013 at the Library Company of Philadelphia.
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Hours: M thru F, 9am – 4:45pm

Tonight! Required Reading

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Hello Folks! I am participating in a group show organized by Phantom Hand and hosted by the Art Dept. in Fishtown, Philly. The theme is Required Reading, and how could I choose any other book than my website’s namesake? The Phantom Tollbooth! I actually had too many ideas for this show, which lead me to an idea for a new zine. So keep a look out! I also tried to do something different than my normal pen drawings, so wallah! a painting! The Way to Rhyme and Reason. (If you don’t know, it is through the Mountains of Ignorance to the Castle in the Air)

The opening reception is tonight folks, so if you are nearby stop in and take a gander at all the wonderful reading related works.

Remember:

“The only thing you can do easily is be wrong, and that’s hardly worth the effort”
― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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