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cash flow and artistic excellence February 11, 2007

Posted by rj juarez in commissions.

last week, i was talking to sir benjie belgica, a well respected and well-made artist (search his ncca commendation on google) in the philippines.  he has his “atelier banucci” art gallery on the 2nd floor of robinson’s mall in iloilo.  we were talking about a lot of things but one of the ends of the conversation was a strategic cashflow to support an artistic pursuit of excellence in studying new art media.

ofcourse it is very hard for artists to continually tend to its creative mind.  a lot of things run to it from mere interactions with people, appreciation of an experience, or even a mere viewing of sceneries.  such high influx of creativity will be wasteful if all of the ideas in mind can not be done on real 3d-form at the onset of the art experience.  the instance of sudden shock!  also, entertaining a lot of this studies will be very costly since it either involve new techniques, new media, new procedures and a lot of other things that will be too heavy for the pocket.  i can see that most artists stagnate and have been doing works similar if not exactly the same as what they have done for years because of a cash flow problem.  some even stop to be artists on the middle of their life.  a tragic event to see a “master” working for petty jobs.

so the answer to this burning dillema is a daily cash flow or a “cash cow” in marketing parlance.  i shared to him that the cash flow for my artistic pursuit are this photo collages (treated as a novelty item), framing (treated as a supply item), canvass emulsion processing (treated as a service item).  but ofcouse done with a distinctive level of artistry that is mine.  these cash flow items make me dream of things without proper value today.  i know that this environmental art of ceramics, stones, plastics, driftwoods, panty-liners (im really serious about this..hehe) and other things will be valued and appreciated by the society later on when our environmental murders are convicted with disasters to our earth.  we are also studying fiberglass, leaves, tigbaw as a handmade paper raw material which would need more delicate time for advancement.  without a cashflow item, we might hurry all of this up and not wait for its perfect time to be ripe.

he also noted that my other businesses allow me to make events on an instant for my projects.  ofcourse it is true but i don’t mix my entrepreneurial pursuit of excellence to my artistic pursuit of excellence.  i’ll only offer accumosaic as the “sacrificial lamb” and not my other entrepreneurial projects.



1. tala - February 12, 2007


You created an operating activity to support the cash flow needs of your arts. It’s impressing you didn’t consider financing. It may be high return but with higher risks. Reserve it for the entrepreneurial projects.

2. accumosaic - February 14, 2007

thanks ms. cpa for giving the proper technical term..hehehe i guess this is better. you voluntary read my stuff now even without asking your valuable time..hehehe

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