Ikea is a maze and I do not like to go there. In fact, I’ve successfully avoided it for years. But today I was working on two very special pet portraits and the portraits needed frames, so I decided to brave the maze with its many traps – including the hall of mirrors – because there’s great satisfaction in getting this type of project done and seeing my collector happy. In the end, it was a cute little adventure, complete with getting caught in the rain. I rewarded myself with pastries from Common Bond and went home to dry the frames with dish towels and paint an adorable dog.