Alison Garwood Jones

Archetypes

Originally published in November 2022 in Blog

Lois played the zany-kooky card because that’s what women in showbiz (who looked like her) did in the early 1960s. Men called her a “character,” but never a “creature.” Only femme fatales were creatures. These were the two choices for women who put themselves out there. The lack of range felt inside both camps was […]

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Practice Makes Better

Originally published in November 2022 in Blog

  I almost never capture someone’s likeness on the first try. I only nail a portrait after a lot of calisthenics (unrelated mark making). Drawing, like any art form, involves a ton of unseen labour and practice.   #BrushPenArt #SharpieArt #Caricatures

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Does your boss make you work weekends?

Originally published in July 2022 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

It’s important that our bosses and clients don’t set Monday deadlines that pressure us into working on the weekends. (Working for yourself is another story). By speaking up en masse, we can steer our culture into recognizing that weekends are sacred time that are meant to be spent how we see fit: napping, doing laundry, […]

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Happy Pride!

Originally published in June 2022 in Blog

During Pride Month, I’m remembering Keith Haring, one of the gentlest humans to have walked this earth. We owe it to ourselves to keep his irrepressibly hopeful art dances going. Cue up Keith’s friend, Madonna: Everybody spread the word We’re gonna have a celebration All across the world In every nation It’s time for the […]

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Working For Free

Originally published in April 2022 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Building your castle on someone else’s land is deceptively simple and attractive … until the landlord changes the terms on you. Etsy sellers are facing a 30% hike in their transaction fees. The plugins exist to go out on your own. Sure, it will take time, but what you get back in pride and ownership […]

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Kay Thompson

Originally published in April 2022 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

“Getting bored is not allowed.” Who is the Kay Thompson in your life? #Eloise  

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Art Classes: Cocoa & Paint

Originally published in March 2022 in Art Classes, Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Cocoa and Paint Jamii is hosting a series of FREE “Cocoa and Paint” workshops for people of ALL ages in our community. March 30 – April 6 – April 13, 2022 (3 evenings) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. At the St. Lawrence Community Centre Funded by Rama Gaming House As a group, alongside artist Alison […]

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Reasons for Hope

Originally published in February 2022 in Blog

U.S. Women’s Soccer Win Equal Pay

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Elsie de Wolfe

Originally published in November 2021 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Elsie de Wolfe on the shoulders of her French fitness instructor.   Elsie was one of the great characters of the early 20th century. As they say, she was up for anything.   Daughter of an American father and a Canadian mother, she ran a successful interior design firm on “Toity-toid” street in New York, […]

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Hyper-realistic vs. suggestive drawing styles

Originally published in November 2021 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Hyper-realistic or suggestive?     In high school, I was OBSESSED with drawing objects so accurately that the viewer might mistakenly try and lift them off the page. I liked certainty. This copy of a Clinique eyeliner ad was a case in point.   While I was making this, I remember slicing my Staedler eraser […]

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