Alison Garwood Jones

Long for yourself

Originally published in July 2023 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

As Sin√©ad O’Connor said:”We weren’t raised to long for ourselves. [I guess my message for younger women is]: Long for yourself.”

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Lake Ontario

Originally published in March 2017 in Blog

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings In the rooms of her ice-water mansion Old Michigan steams like a young man’s dreams The islands and bays are for sportsmen And farther below Lake Ontario Takes in what Lake Erie can send her And the iron boats go as the mariners all know With the gales of November […]

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Flesh tones

Originally published in November 2016 in Blog

The only thing I remember about colour mixing from grade school is: red + blue = purple. I’m guessing you also discovered that the result was an ugly, muddy maroon, not the Tyrian purple worn by Roman emperors. For that, according to Aristotle, I’d have to source some crushed shellfish. I only had a Prang […]

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Colour variations

Originally published in September 2016 in Blog

I obsess over colour. I stare until I’m forced to blink. Then I stare some more. Do you see the atomic lift off in the yellow? Pure magic.    

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Selfie Nation

Originally published in September 2016 in Blog

Photo Credit:¬†Barbara Kinney/Hillary for America “It’s not in my DNA to be self-promotional,” said the Gen X’er.  

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The Champ

Originally published in June 2016 in Blog

I briefly experienced Muhammad Ali’s dynamism and generous personality. It was 1986, my high school prom, and word spread on the dance floor that Muhammad Ali was staying in a room at the hotel we had booked. A group of boys said, Let’s go up and meet him. I think I was the only girl […]

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Originally published in May 2015 in Blog

Orange tulips smell like oranges. In a loud way. Purple tulips … you guessed it. They smell like grape! Not real grape, grape popsicles. I have no idea why this is so. But it’s marvellous.

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And still I rise

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog

Thank you, Dr. Angelou. For everything.

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Alice Munro

Originally published in October 2013 in Blog

Alice Munro, 2013 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Originally published in September 2013 in Blog

Photo: Still searching for credit I just discovered Janis Joplin. It only took me 40 years and three Dick Cavett CD’s to realize what a comet she was. My four year old self said she was a bad lady. She took drugs. My dad said so. I thought you were supposed to dismiss people like […]

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