Art for Life

This is the Blog for, the official website of Delaware artist Michael J. Riley.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Lost Art

My favorite piece of art has been lost! Momma said there'd be days like this... Yesterday started off okay (I woke up). I took my daughter to Battery Park for a nature outing and a little fishing. Even though she had a little drama, we enjoyed being there. As we were leaving, I accidentally spilled the cooler in the trunk of my car. The water almost landed on top of one of my prized portraits - I know you may ask, "Why was it in the trunk?" A long story... Anyway, I got the portrait out, set it aside and proceeded to soak up the water and empty the ice out of the trunk. With that task completed, I got into my car and drove off, leaving my portrait, a study of a young woman, behind. Please, if any of you happen to hear anything about someone finding it, please let me know. The drawing's description is as follows:

  • Subject - Face of a young African American Girl
  • Medium - Pencil on paper
  • Title - Carol
  • Artist's Signature - Michael J. Riley
  • Created - 1984
  • Frame - Black wooden engraved frame w/ marble matting
  • dimensions - Approximately 16" x 20"

Thursday, July 06, 2006

What Gives? Not Them!

The energy industry is not the only one engaging in price gouging. Entities such as 7-Eleven have been doing it for years, marking up everything and then justifying their prices by asserting that they are affording the luxury of convenience. My belief is that if the owners and workers actually had ties to the community that extended beyond their coveted cash registers, then they would care more about the people who support their businesses and give them a fair deal. After taking so much from people who are barely able to make ends meet, maybe 7-Eleven's getting robbed so often can be attributed to bad karma. Show me a median to low income area and I guaranty that you will find the following parasites:

  • Liquor Stores (called Spirit Stores in more affluent neighborhoods)
  • Check Cashing Joints
  • "Convenience" Stores (with nobody from the neighborhood working there)
  • Rent-A-Centers (where you will pay double the price for a 19" television set)
  • Chinese Restaurants (with nobody from the neighborhood working there)
  • Gas Stations (with prices well above average)
  • Casinos (coming soon to the east side and probably the south side too)
    Personally, I think Delaware Park is located far enough away from the depressed areas - plus, it's only five minutes from me. Even though I go there sometimes, I still think it is crap.