301th post – (very) Slow Blogging – Off Season Plein-air

This is the 301st posting.



The New York Times has an interesting article about ‘slow blogging’. Basically, it’s Slow Movement meets blogging.

Haste, Scorned: Blogging at a Snail’s Pace


A Slow Blog Manifesto, written in 2006 by Todd Sieling, a technology consultant from Vancouver, British Columbia, laid out the movement’s tenets. “Slow Blogging is a rejection of immediacy,” he wrote. “It is an affirmation that not all things worth reading are written quickly.” (Nor, because of a lack of traffic, is Mr. Sieling writing this blog at all these days.) Ms. Ganley, who recently left her job as a writing instructor at Middlebury College, compares slow blogging to meditation. It’s “being quiet for a moment before you write,” she said, “and not having what you write be the first thing that comes out of your head.”


“It is an investigation into the Internet’s attention span,” Mr. Davies said by telephone.

Even Mr. Sieling, the writer of the Slow Blog Manifesto, gave up his personal blog because he felt no one was reading it. “I called it the Robinson Crusoe feeling of blogging,” he said by e-mail, “and I think it’s common.”


I discovered this via BookGirl who asked the question about how slow blogging effects arts/artist’s blogs.


BOOKGIRL : I wonder how arts/artists’ blogs fit into the discussion? Most of them, I find, are less about analysis (e.g., political blogs) and more about sharing and inspiration, and that may set them apart.


ADAM COPE : I’ve been thinking about this for the last three or so years.When I did finally take the plunge & start ‘a painting a day’ blog it was a painting a week, with the proviso: ‘FAST…SLOW…FAST.
Creativity is pretty mercurial but a blog can help discipline output by the simple fact of having a deadline. Some types of creations respond well to this. Others don’t. No matter what speed.

I greatly enjoyed this blog dawlr

It’s a good twist to the ‘postcards meets blogging’ intrigue. Slow & fine & intelligent, beyond the DAILY POTBOILER.BLOGSPOT.COM syndrome, which risks places quantity above quality & repetition above innovation. Well, that’s just my opinion, so don’t worry about it. It’s not meant to insult anyone, just clarify my own practice & expectations. Do wish that I could do some more painting than this rather slow output however 😉



Chit-chat asides, the weather has been rainy & grey this last month so not much scope for plein-air painting. Winter time here in the Dordogne can be really beautiful. Here’s one from last Feburary. Just to remind me that it can be done.

‘Landorre, Quercy Blanc’
Oil on canvas
50 x 61cm (19,7 x 24inches).
© adam cope
800 €

A very stoney place. Drystone wall to the right, a ruined drystone barn to the left and a huge mound of stones in the middle, possibly a tumbled down collapsed old sheperd’s hut (‘borie’).

A path through the high grass. Wild scrub oak & acer, furry with lichen.

3 Comments on “301th post – (very) Slow Blogging – Off Season Plein-air

  1.  by  Casey Klahn

    I enjoyed these links, and especially happy to get “out-of-genre” a bit to find Book Girl’s blog.

    I left my comment.

    I went on an out-of-genre jaunt last evening, and left a comment at an Australian blog. One of the other “commenters” turns out to be a resident where I am featured in the gallery, and will be going to see my work. Weird tale, eh?

    It helps to clear the cobwebs, sometimes. Thanks for getting us out.

    I favor the clarity of this winter piece – the winter blue is very fresh and yet the warmth is just right, too. Excellent composition and I feel like I’m in Southern France, too.

  2.  by  Ed Terpening

    Thanks for pointing out this discussion–really interesting!

    I’ve certainly struggled with this issue, on both my own art blog and the corporate blogs I manage (at Wells Fargo).

    I think there’s a healthy shift occurring in blogging. The rise of tools like Twitter and Facebook are shifting immediacy there. Blogging predates these social tools, and frankly, they’re better (I think) at dealing with immediacy than blogs. So, blogs can slow down now. Be more thoughtful.

    At least that’s they way I’m looking at it. I post on Facebook and Twitter far more often, and I don’t worry so much about quality there because the medium is suited to that purpose.

  3.  by  Adam Cope

    Hi Ed – how nice to hear from you 🙂

    I don’t know anything about these new ‘chat’ type forums such as Facebook or Twitter. I run painting workshops as you know, & by the time I’ve kept my static https://www.artists-atelier.com togther & feed my blog, then gone for a surf, done some research for the book I’m writing (yes old style type & print stuff)… well I don’t have time to twitter or facebook. I think they sound good, probably better than the annomymous news-forums of about seven years ago. Geeeze, they WERE CHAOS!!!
    Hi Casey
    Small world indeed.
    Nice to see that wiki has accepted the french word ‘memes’ for these types of threads that join.
    Glad you like my favourite painting of 2008… though I’mpainfully aware that th ecolour balance is up the spout. The ultramarine sky doesn’t photograph with my Cannon 400D… blah.
    Hope you are feeling well.