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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."

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Magic Bear Art on the cover of The Asset Times magazine!

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I am honored and humbled to be featured on the cover of this magazine showcasing artists, creators, dreamers, entrepreneurs from all over the globe. It is truly a mesmerizing feeling to know that something you created has breached cultures, political differences, time zones, gender, sexuality, and all the other barriers that keep us apart to touch someone's heart and sparks joy and happiness.  It is something you can't buy. And that feeling will last for all time.

If you visit The Asset Times' website, you will not only find this magazine, but all of the other previous editions.  Please check them out by clicking the button below.

Magic Bear Art Exhibit at
The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center!

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Focus on Art

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"Peggy's Wildflowers"
30 x 48 acrylic on canvas

This is a custom piece I created for a very dear friend of mine.  She is the person who invited me to showcase my artwork for the very first time back in 2015.  My life hasn't been the same since.  She is very special to me, and I treasure our friendship.

When she approached me about creating a custom piece, she said she wanted wildflowers, with big, bold, and vibrant colors, with a lot of yellow.  Right up my alley!  She trusted me completely, so I felt very comfortable bringing this to life.

 

I wasn't sure how to approach it, but then I went on a road trip to Pennsylvania to attend the Laurel Festival in Wellsboro, PA.  The laurel was in full bloom, with all of their billowy white cloud like flowers everywhere.  As well as all of the green, pink, blue, yellow, and orange colors on full display.  I couldn't wait to get back home to paint this.

 

Painting for yourself and painting for yourself are very different.  When you are painting for someone else, you are trying to make sure that person is happy with what you are doing.  You worry about going too far, or not far enough.  Not so in this case.  I had as much joy and pleasure painting this as I would if I were painting for myself.  I KNEW she would love it!!!

And she did.  In fact, she almost burst into tears when she saw it.  The feeling of happiness that something you create brings to others is priceless.  That feeling lasts forever.  The money will be spent, in fact, I may not even remember how much I sold it for, but the feeling of happiness will stay with me always.

 

  

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Here is Peggy posing with her custom-painted Magic Bear Art creation!

Podcast

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

Coming Soon

 

I am currently exploring the possibility of conducting workshops and parties for individuals and groups. Contact Me for more information.

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