Welcome to Magic Bear Art-Whimsical and festive art by Michael Jones.
"When I started to paint, I decided not to worry if I was "good" or not. I just knew I wanted to create. And I wanted my paintings to be colorful, vibrant, happy, and magical. There was....and is....so much sadness and darkness in the world. I wanted to inspire smiles and joy with my work."
Thank you to everyone who came out to see me at the Williamsburg Artists Group - WAG show and Local Artisan Market this past weekend!
I appreciate all of the wonderful things you all said about my art, and I am overjoyed that you find my work bright, cheerful, and happy.
Stay in touch and I hope to see you all soon!
Magic Bear Art Exhibition at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center!
Twelve artists, including myself, are currently participating in the Co-Op Show at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center. All of our works are for sale, and will be on exhibition through November 12. In addition to some original paintings, I also have prints and card available. Come on down and check us out!
My painting "Underwater Enchantment" was recently accepted into the September 2021 All Media Show at Crossroads Art Center in Richmond. Only a handful of artists were selected, so I feel truly honored!
The violin I painted for the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra is currently on exhibit!
I am truly honored and humbled that I was one of the few area artists to be invited to participate.
And here is a video showcasing all of the violins that were painted for the Symphony. Truly some amazing artists here!!!
Focus on Art
The original photograph
This has become one of my absolute favorite paintings.
This is my contribution to the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center's current "Camera to Brush & Beyond" exhibit, running now through November 12. For this exhibit, photographers submitted photographs, and then artists selected a photograph to then interpret in their own way.
I selected a photograph depicting an umbrella art exhibit above a street scene somewhere in either France or Belgium, the umbrellas casting shadows on the pavement below (see photo at left).
The moment I saw it I knew I had to paint it. I just wasn't sure how. Certainly, I knew how I would interpret the umbrellas and their shadows, but I was unsure of how to interpret the space in-between. For weeks, I wrestled with several different ideas. Finally, the deadline was fast approaching, and I knew I had to do something.
Suddenly it hit me. I remembered the words of some recent art instructors about keeping things simple, allowing the viewer some space for their eyes to rest. I also recalled some Parisian scenes done entirely in black and white, and voila! I had it! Once I figured out what to do, the painting came together rather quickly.
I decided it had to have a French title. Hence the name "ballons dans le ciel," which translates to "balloons in the sky."
I love this painting. It gave me some familiar terrain to work with, but also pushed me outside the bounds of my comfort zone.
It is ink, acrylic, and stained glass paint on an 11x14 cotton panel, in a 16x20 frame.
Currently for sale and on exhibit at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center through November 12.
For those of you who missed the podcast, here is your chance to see and hear Cori Fonville Foster's interview with me. Hope you find it insightful, inspiring, and enjoyful!
Events & Workshops - Coming Soon
I am currently exploring the possibility of conducting workshops and parties for individuals and groups. Contact Me for more information.