she’s not quite right and she don’t fit in with the small town

british phonebooth D st

This one was a bit of a bugger. This phonebox (and I know I’ve drawn phoneboxes more than once lately) is on D street, it’s the ‘other’ Davis one. Authentically British (no phone, no glass in the windows), the Giles Gilbert Scott masterpiece and distant cousin of Waterloo Bridge adds to Davis’s quirky and vaguely Britophile character (there’s the phoneboxes, the old London double-decker buses, and that handsome red-head guy who draws the fire hydrants). Shes  just decoration, really. My son and I pretend she’s a rocket ship. She’s a space oddity, standing outside the Mustard Seed. Anyway, last week I went downtown, sat down here to draw her, got everything ready and then realized I had left my pencil case in my office. D’oh. So I went and got a couple of new microns at the Paint Chip, and decided to draw something else, but for some unknown reason I couldn’t, I was feeling derailed. So I came back next day, and sat and drew as much as possible, in this very detailed spot. I finished off the remaining details and colours at home, but for some reason I’ll always have an awkward feeling about this one, like I was never comfortable, took too long, maybe irritated by drawing another phone box. But here she is, a little piece of the homeland relocated to Davis. I would say I know how she feels, but I’m not a phonebox, I’m a person.

12 thoughts on “she’s not quite right and she don’t fit in with the small town

  1. Jeckenzibbel says:

    I really like this one, actually, Pete. It’s got depth. The phonebox as you call it, I guess I’ll allow that instead of “phone booth” since this is a pseudo-British object and you are British, so you’d know the proper British word, even though it’s incorrect in North America, is not even my favourite part, but all the rest of it is. Anyway, I really like your writing too, it’s almost cute, but not quite, it has that British curmudgeonliness to it, which makes it real.
    your fellow German-Canadian urban sketcher.

    • pete scully says:

      Cheers! But actually we’d say phonebox and phonebooth interchangeably in Britain, like postbox and pillarbox. I’m from Burnt Oak and we say phonebox there (just before vandalizing it).

    • pete scully says:

      Thanks, yes the woman was sat there in red that I though, perfect, that’sll balance the phonebox, but then she’s all kind of hidden away anyway. There’s a wooden owl hidden up in the trees too.

  2. Janice L-H says:

    We still watch Grey’s Anatomy but I get increasingly frustrated at the improbable medical events/decisions in the show (my hubby has taken to yelling at the screen because no one’s actions have consequences anymore – hear that Meredith?). Needless to say- he is banned from the room during that hour…:)

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