Portia Placino

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

A good night, listening to The Smiths

Tonight, I wrote a long entry in my journal. My first since the Faculty Center Fire of April 1, when I lost most of my books and catalogs and objects … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

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 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

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

Sleep and immaterial labor

Being online is a very distracting process. Years before, we existed without the consistent need to check things online. But things have changed, and sometimes, I feel addicted to that … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Concurrence at West Gallery

Well, this is my first writing project of the year (outside of the 2013 backlogs). Aside from that, this is also a first for me to create an exhibition note … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Reflections on Former West Propositions

Former west brown bag from Portia Placino The Former West Congress: Documents, Constellations, and Prospects was participated in by around 150 students form all over the world. The levels of … Continue reading

September 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Dancing in a Dream

Finding the Clärchens Ballhaus is one of the most unbelievable experiences in Berlin. I never would have been able to if I didn’t join the walk in the city with … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment
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I have a collaborative art project with the little one. Forgive my atrocious drawings, I am not skilled enough for this. Lol. She went through her first coloring book in less than a week then refused to color what's left. She kept on handing me her crayons also, so I guessed she wanted me to color with her. I decided on a little experiment, I left a few drawings in her sketch pad almost every night to see what she will do with it in the morning. Now she has a morning ritual of coloring in her sketch pad. I want to take a video but that usually distracts her from whatever she is doing. I just let her color undisturbed. She grips her crayons the way an adult grips a pen or pencil, I wonder if we should get her the regular-sized crayons to help her with her fine motor skills. I know a lot of people find a parent's fascination with their children's artworks ridiculous. I get it, these works are not beautiful in a traditional sense. But I have to say that its beauty is not just due to parental sentiments. If you consider this from a physical and neurological standpoint, it is quite amazing. Babies start to see in high contrast, about a feet in distance. In a few short months it would quickly develop into seeing colors and seeing from across the room. Then they will begin to see the tiniest details in a fast-moving object. In coloring, I wonder what motivates then to choose one color over the other? Is it by chance or by choice? Another thing to consider is the fine motor skills they swiftly develop in a few short months and years. They start out with uncontrolled gross motor skills, until they can walk and make movements like pointing. Then fine-motor skills come next, such as in self-feeding and in this case, coloring. Really fascinating stuff that goes beyond the teary, maternal sentiment. Will keep on going with this. Though I would appreciate some suggestions on how to encourage and develop this project. #babyart #babyplay #babynarratives
Baby and Mommy rainy day shenanigans. She loves the weather song from play school so much. Too bad no classes today. #babynarratives
Good morning rain! I'm wearing a hat. Lol. She saw a hat on a bag and she was curious about it. Then I remembered she has a hat. #babynarratives
#magicthegathering Judge activities usually mean I also get some treats from elsewhere. Instant noodles indulgence from Indonesia. Yum! Above average spicy, but not too much. Reminded me of my time in Korea. Just difficult to get this past the little one, as she's not allowed to eat this. Lol.
The treats from Bacolod continue... This is Bañadas, which is basically simple sugar cookies topped with sugar frosting. Sugar land indeed. #bacolod #treats
Ube piaya from Bongbong's in Bacolod is quite good. Was not a big fan of piaya, but this is delicious, especially when heated. Yum. #bacolod #treats