Portia Placino

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Teaching controversial art

Teaching controversial art proved to be a difficult endeavor. Part of why this in the syllabus is so that I can teach visual literacy and open-mindedness to my students. Sadly, … Continue reading

September 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ideological Divides and a Calm After the Storm

We now leave the Renaissance for a bit and focus on the next couple of centuries–17th to 18th centuries. There was an enormous upheaval and ideological divide during the Baroque … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Further into the Renaissance and Mannerism

August was full of disruptions, rains, floods, and even illnesses. But hopefully, we leave all that now. As August ends, we also end our lessons in Renaissance. This time, we … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Shifting towards the Renaissance

Last time, we talked about the relationship of art with the church. Particularly, how art expressed beliefs and predispositions of the church. Christian religion then was a new system of … Continue reading

August 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Art and the Church Lecture

  Art and religion has a very complicated relationship, to say the least. In art history, art played a key role in the development of the church, more particularly a … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Looking at Early Art

There is always something so fascinating about early art. There is no written documentation from pre-historic art. What we have left are their sculptures, their paintings, and their structures. We … Continue reading

July 13, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Art Object: Drawing and Painting

I find that students are often confused between the terms drawing and painting. They often use them interchangeably when discussing the visual arts. In the lecture on the art object, … Continue reading

July 11, 2012 · 4 Comments

What is Art History?

Teaching art history to students without proper grounding in the arts has been quite a challenge. Visual education in the Philippines is really weak. We don’t have the equipment, the … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

I stumbled into this interesting piece as I was looking for new movies to watch. Since¬†The Artist¬†was such a success, I decided to look for more Academy Award winning films. … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · Leave a comment
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Day 3. I fed my starter last night, after 30 hours. I discarded half of it and fed it as I found in the online recipe, 1/2 cup flour and a little bit above 1/4 cup water. Then it just, exapanded! It is now 4x the starting volume! Now, I don't know what to do. Original recipe said it should be ready in 5 days after it doubles in volume after daily feedings. But, it doubled in volume yesterday. And now, it is like this. I knew it would probably rise faster because it is warm in the Philippines, but... Oh wow. **I don't keep it by the window, I keep it on top of the cabinet. I just placed it there so I can get a better light for the photo. #baking
I wanted to make a simple white bread, but I realized that even though I have all-purpose flour, I only have muscovado sugar, so the bread would still be brown. Lol. Then I added some dried cranberries and white chocolate chips, just because. I adjusted the milk, hoping it would be more cake-y. We'll see. I hope our little one eats it, she was not a fan of the apple corn bread, she does not like rough textures the past few days. She ate a bit of the commercial white bread from the main house though, so we'll see how this one will turn out. #baking
Goodness, look at that yeast culture. Is that the yeast? Is it alive? The noontime heat made it double in size! I know I'm just supposed to leave it alone, but I am fascinated! #baking
Yeast culture day 2. Are those bubbles slowly showing up? According to instructions, I should feed it tomorrow. Let me know what you think! This is the first time I am doing this. #baking
Hoy Portia, akala ko ba absolute emergency food yung instant noodles? Bakit kakalahati na yung 10-pack? Hoy konsensya, napagod ako maglaba! Gusto ko ng noodles! Eh asan yung iba pa? Lulusot ka pa! Lol. Kaya ayaw ko mag-stock ng ganito eh.
A new weekly ritual... Kudos to TFMs who does this weekly from the beginning. It is exhausting. Don't look too closely as there are food stains that I am leaving for the sun to take care of. Lol.