Alison Garwood Jones

Let’s help more

Originally published in April 2018 in Blog, Illustration

Let’s give what we can: time, encouragement, money, and love. For those who have much and are still cranky and upset for some unknowable reason, it’s probably because you’re not doing enough for others. Changing someone else’s sense of what’s possible, changes your own.

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The Bouvier Sisters

Originally published in March 2018 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier, 1951. Watercolour illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones  

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Handrawn social media portraits vs. bitmojis

Originally published in February 2018 in Blog, Custom Portraits, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Does your #bitmoji express the real you (even with 1.9 septillion options)? Not in my books. Hand-drawn #portraits catch the flutter of your spirit and reveal your hidden strengths way better than the frozen stare of digitized art. Email me if you’re looking for an illustrated social media profile picture. Because creativity is a part […]

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Pinecones

Originally published in February 2018 in Blog, Illustration

Bluebird winter day. #illustration #watercolour #nature

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Homemade brush holder

Originally published in February 2018 in Blog, Cartoons, Illustration

My brushes kept rolling off my desk. Then I remembered that old salt dough recipe from First Grade, and I baked a brush holder! In this sketch, it’s Joe Shuster, co-creator of #Superman. Most Americans don’t realize Superman sprung from a Canadian brain. But it makes sense to us. We’re quiet, we’re strong, and we […]

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Sixties style

Originally published in January 2018 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

In this New Year’s Instagram Trunk Show, I’m modelling a tunic from Pierre Cardin’s Cosmocorps Collection from 1967. Monsieur Cardin turns 96 this July. I hope he still gets a charge from a needle pulling thread like I do from his space age designs and those kooky sixties model poses.

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Kitchen prep

Originally published in January 2018 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

In my latest adventure, I worked as a kitchen prep cook at The Merchant Taps & Tavern. The Christmas season was busy and they needed extra hands. Suiting up in a fresh apron and rubber gloves, I spent each day making 40-lb meatloafs, prepping giant containers of jerk chicken marinade, mixing big bowls of fragrant […]

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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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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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