Alison Garwood Jones

Saturday at the AGO

Originally published in January 2020 in Blog, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Visual Storytelling

I asked the Marchesa to tell me about her life, while Calder bent in to listen. #snowday❄️ at the @agotoronto #agoannualpass Saturday sketching at the AGO – Illustrations by Alison Garwood-Jones

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The Queen’s Speech

Originally published in December 2019 in Blog, Graphic Visualizer, Racism, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

The Sound of Music and Love Actually, yes, but the Queen’s Speech is not normally part of my appointment television habits at Christmas. This year, I watched it twice. The pacing and coordination with the b-roll cutaways felt especially poignant. And I’m not talking about the drone shots of ancient castles and verdant hills, or […]

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In the Spotlight: KBarlow Design

Originally published in December 2019 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

As a #bossbabe, I can’t do everything on my own. I’m already the executive editor and artist in chief for all of my websites, but I still have a beginner’s grasp of code. Yes, coding is on my list of things to keep learning, but in the interest of time and my sanity I choose to […]

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The truth about the world

Originally published in December 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

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The future

Originally published in September 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Photo and Illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones Josh is in the fifth grade. He likes history and basketball. Photo and Illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones Adelaide likes hearts and story time.   Today, I joined forces again as a portrait artist with my wonderful partners at @JamiiEsplanade. It was their 10th year organizing @culturedays and the program, […]

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Meeting my customers

Originally published in August 2019 in Blog, Custom Portraits, Enamel Pins, Jane Jacobs Enamel Pin, Pen Jar Productions, Profile,, Toronto Illustrators

The best part of owning and operating  Pen Jar Productions, my online store, is creating the product and meeting my customers. Here is my interview with Fernanda van der Laan, proud owner of my Jane Jacobs enamel pin. This summer my Jane Jacobs pin (circled in blue) entered a special collection of over 300 pins, […]

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Humanity with a brush pen

Originally published in May 2019 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

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Best in Class

Originally published in April 2019 in Blog, Canadian House and Home, Profile,

Anyone who knows me knows I like interviewing people who are best in their fields. I got to do that for the May issue of House & Home magazine. I sat down with Tony Round of blackLAB architects inc. and designer Cameron MacNeil to find out how they positioned, built, and appointed a modern farmhouse […]

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Virginia Woolf and Alice Munro in conversation

Originally published in March 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Finding time to focus on creativity is tough for everyone, but it’s especially hard for women given the demands on their time at work and at home.

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Studio Tour of Pen Jar Productions

Originally published in November 2018 in Blog, Gift Ideas, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

 Click on image to play my video greeting, or click here. An email I sent my contact list on November 1st:  Top of the morning to my friends, family and work colleagues: For those of you who haven’t heard from me since high school, here’s what’s new:  I cut my hair, became an art historian, unbecame […]

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