Amsterdam is in summer mode, excitable and ultra busy in the centre. Locals are all leaving for their holidays while the tourists are flooding in. I have given myself a little break here after the past year of numerous exhibitions and much of travel. I consider further shows in S E Asia and also here in Europe. Visits to Berlin and Barcelona are on the agenda to see galleries and assorted friends. To complete my time in Europe I will plant myself north of Barcelona on the outskirts of Ripoll in a studio/residency run by a Scottish artist. Johnny McGuinness has many years of travel, teaching and art under his belt so the man is a fine host for anyone interested in a cosy Spanish sort of artistic retreat in the foothills of the Pyrennes Mountains.