Portia Placino

Repository of my thoughts and images of art, literature, travel, and life.

Day 7, A conversation between two paintings

My students are always fascinated when I point out that Juan Luna’s Spoliarium isn’t his only work, nor academic painting his only style. Two examples currently hang in the Vargas … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Day 6, Big Bang Theory Life

My post is a little late today. I prefer writing in the mornings. But there were too many things going on. Sheldon was around today, so we had croissant and … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 4 Comments

Day 5, A brief love letter

Wer liebe sucht, findet sie nicht. Sie überfällt uns wenn wir es am wenigsten Erwarten. Alles Liebe zu unserem Ersten Jahrestag (Georg Sand) I took a photo and I wondered … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Day 4, Loss at the Cemetry Gates

Loss. Where do we begin when we talk of loss? It’s so easy to talk of loss as an ending. But given time, you realise that the loss is just … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 12 Comments

Day 3, Commitment and Music

I still feel the cold, dry air that freezes my lungs. The bright, white snow that blinds my eyes. The bare trees… A sense of wonder. This is my memory … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 10 Comments

Day 2: A Room with a View, Remembering Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio

I walked around in a cold, darkened room, and there it was—Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio. I stood in awe for a moment, taking it in. I walked near it … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Day 1: Unlock the Mind

I’ve almost forgotten that I signed up for Writing 101. I just wanted to check out what it is. Also, I’ve had trouble writing for the past few years and … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Performing Romance

I’ve always been idealistic. I think it is the one thing in my life that I really want to maintain. I don’t want to end up jaded in the years … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bach in the Subways

We spent Saturday evening celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th birthday. It’s been a while since I listened to orchestra music, so I knew I really wanted to go when I … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment
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Love talking about modern art. We started with theoretical essays, now we're discussing the -isms. The story of art that eventually lead to The Fountain is very interesting--world wars, development of capitalism, institutionalization, and rise of market industry. This class takes me on a journey, from the classroom to New York and Paris. I still remember seeing these works in the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and Pomidou. Building the student's canonical knowledge of art, at the same time teaching them to challenge the canon and canon-building, is difficult. I don't know if I will ever strike the right balance. Rewards of being in the teaching profession despite of all the challenges it presents. #art #artstud #modernart Let me lead the story with baby and I are just fine. But it didn't feel like it when I felt sharp pains at 2 am today. I woke my doctor and #gamerchef up, to ask and decide if we should go to the ER. Then the pain started subsiding. Doctor said I can just have a regular check-up later, as I was scheduled to have a check-up in a few days anyway. But if the pain returns, I should call. Everything was ok, except I felt exhausted. My weight and blood pressure are fine. Doctor listened to baby's heartbeat and it is strong. Apparently, baby is horizontal right now and probably jammed her feet on my rib cage, thus the sharp pains. As I am small and baby is getting bigger and stronger, kicks and movements are bound to cause me pain, lots of it. As long as the pain subsides, it is fine. One of those false alarms that rather scared me. To cap things off, we shopped for some necessities, saw some friends, and had a nice dinner. The coming weeks are gonna be challenging. Rest is essential. #babynarratives Sleepy baby girl keeping me company this Sunday afternoon. Been feeling exhausted the entire day, I think she shares the sentiment. Cute baby Bunny really loves the comforter. #bunny #toypoodle #dogsofinstagram Baby shower and house warming. We missed you Raquel! Next time just bring Alex. Catching up over pizza, donuts, and our first tikoy gift. Lol. Can't believe we've been friends for about two decades! Part 2 should definitely happen. #shower If there was any doubt to a new phase in our lives, there isn't anymore. We received brown tikoy for Lunar New Year. Lol. Singing 'we are family'.... #cny #newyear #2018 #gamerchef One of the awesome things we bought in Myanmar. Love it. Hope we can find this here also. #lentils #travel #myanmar