For the past week I have been making preparations to go to Emma Lake, for the professional artists' workshop. It is a lot of work getting ready. I have to make sure I have warm clothes to paint in, as well as cool things if it is hot. Whatever I wear will end up covered in paint, so I don't take anything nice, just something comfortable, with long sleeves and pant legs; I don't want any mosquito bites. Then there are decisions about paint, brushes, tools, canvas, paper, equipment, what route to take, who to visit along the way and so on. I am finally ready I think, exhausted before I leave. Two days and a half of driving ahead of me.