Me, drawing Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” on a gigantic canvas on the streets of The Hague, Netherlands. The city government commissioned this for the 2014 reopening of the national museum (where this iconic lady lives). We had to move mountains to make this happen. The speciality canvas I’d ordered for the event never arrived, so I was up all night priming a replacement in the underground parking garage of my hotel hours before this photo was taken. This was also just two days before my MFA degree show in London, which I should have been home preparing for. Instead I had flown last minute to a different country and was moving heaven and earth to pull off this drawing, despite feeling embarrassingly unprepared. Thank god my employer was an understanding angel. And we got there in the end! I couldn’t have done it without the help of @barnaby_brookman, who paints excellent black backgrounds (and will help you prime your canvas at 2am in a non ventilated parking garage). “Girl with a Pearl Earring” has certainly earned me lots of money over the years from streetpainting copies I’ve done. I owe a lot to Vermeer and to whoever the beautiful girl is who posed for him. It was only right that I paid them some tribute. On my last day there I went to the newly opened museum and saw her in person. It was like visiting an old friend.