Alison Garwood Jones

Food art

Originally published in November 2017 in Blog, Food Art

Today’s artistic challenge was pizza. I wanted to capture the effect of baked crust, and I think watercolour does it better than any other medium. Can you smell the warm carbs in this picture? I used rubber cement like masking fluid to preserve the layers as I loaded on each of the colours. I like […]

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Bill Cunningham, you are missed

Originally published in November 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Crossing the heavens to capture the stars. #BillCunningham #WatercolorPencil @nytimes

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An apple a day

Originally published in November 2017 in Blog

        Yesterday, as I thought more deeply about the loony collapse of the United States (see Kurt Andersen), and all the people down there who appear to be cheering on the destablization of entire systems of meaning (see Stephen Marche), I picked up a makeup brush I’ve never used on my face […]

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Viking girl

Originally published in October 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Cartoon by Alison Garwood-Jones Doing anything well takes discipline. This is Hildegard. She’s a Viking warrior with a stringent daily routine involving running, journaling/goal setting, and practicing her fencing. Not much gets in her way, especially men. But, at some point, she’ll hit a wall. The need for balance — not exactly defined in the […]

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Jann Wenner

Originally published in October 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

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Push your talent

Originally published in October 2017 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

This is my first attempt at a page for a comic strip or graphic novel. The hardest part, so far, is unifying the look and the palette. In this romp through the forties (above), I came up with the drawings before I had a story in mind. Now I’m gathering them up in sequence to […]

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More than words

Originally published in October 2017 in Blog

This blog started out as a place to write. That was ten years ago. Today words have lost their lustre for me. I’m shocked and put out by the way language has being kicked around, mocked, and misused. I used to rely on words to express truths. My love for and response to them was […]

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New York State of Mind

Originally published in September 2017 in Blog

A bygone newspaper era. New York, 1945. Today it would be phones. In France, everyone still reads novels on the Metro. #illustration #watercoloursketch #subway #MTA 

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Packing List

Originally published in September 2017 in Blog

  This is what I managed to capture right before our trip to Vancouver this week. I did some en plein air pencil sketches of Port Moody, but now I’d like to capture a couple of our day trip activities,  including our visit to a glacial lake, renting a canoe, and eating salmon jerky on a […]

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Freelance life

Originally published in August 2017 in Blog

When there’s no watercooler, just silence, you have to rely on discipline and humor to beat back the latest news on #genderwars, #Trump and our pooched #environment. Did I miss anything? Another freelance achievement sticker to add to Jeremy Nguyen’s fun series for the The New Yorker. (Bushwick Daily) #DailyShouts I’ve rolled these into my […]

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