Alison Garwood Jones

Originally published in November 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized

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Look and learn

Originally published in September 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized

When you tire of your own form, the old masters and mistresses on your shelves offer up plenty of inspiring instruction. Thanks, Monsieur Degas! Watercolor pencils are responsible for this sketch and schmear effect.

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Sunrise, sunset

Originally published in June 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized

Sunrise, sunset. Then sunrise again. In a roundabout way, this art project involving paint, foam board and a my new butcher block desk as a background, was inspired by an essay by the writer-turned-broadcaster, Hanna Rosin. Her resonant piece talks about giving up mastery and dropping back down to zero. But, really, it’s about a skills […]

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Why hire a graphic recorder?

Originally published in November 2015 in Blog, Doodling, Graphic Recording, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Uncategorized, Visual Notetaking, Visual Storytelling

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The Wall

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized

The paint pots are out in Toronto. Creative expression is thriving. I took these shots in the west end. The colours are for real.

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Originally published in March 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized

“When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a ‘leader.’ Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded ‘bossy.’ Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can […]

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February workshop

Originally published in January 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized

TESTIMONIALS “An awesome workshop. The best use of my professional time in years.” ~ Jacqueline Kovacs, journalist and former editor in chief of Professionally Speaking magazine “Just finished a fantastic social media workshop with @AlisonGJ. Head is full! *Highly recommended.” ~ Tweet by Alanna Cavanagh, award-winning illustrator “Highly recommended. I’m already putting my newfound skills […]

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The year of living dyingly

Originally published in December 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) ©AGJ on Sketches

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Great pipes

Originally published in November 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized

If I can write the way Brenda Lee hits her notes, I’ll be happy.   “Brenda Lee has the greatest rock and roll voice of them all.” — John Lennon (The Beatles opened for Brenda in Hamburg, Germany)

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Street talk

Originally published in October 2011 in Blog, Uncategorized

I’ve often wondered the origin of street names in Toronto, especially when I have work to do. If you’re looking for a distraction too, here’s some trivia: Queen Street: Named after HRH Queen Victoria. Formerly called Lot Street. King Street: Another royal road, King Street was named after King George III, but has also at […]

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