Art for Life

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

Saturday, July 19, 2008

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Pet Corner

Anyone who has had a pet living in his or her household for any period of time will agree that they are loving members of the family.

Pets have their own "personalities" and sometimes act like children and other times act as if they are the number-one breadwinners. You gotta love'em.

When I was a child, my dad brought home an adorable little lad - a two-month-old pure-bread German Sheppard. I was elated! I couldn't wait to take him for a walk outside and show him off. My dad explained to me the responsibilities that go along with having such a young pet and after I had agreed to living up to my responsibilities, my new best friend, Goliath, and I dashed out the door.

Goliath was a beautiful dog. He had very clean markings across his broad chest; long, straight ears; a long tail and the biggest paws I had ever seen. Goliath, indeed, was appropriately named.

My dog and I grew-up together. He lived to the ripe old age of thirteen (ninety-one in people years). He was a very important member of our family and I miss him dearly to this day. Goliath passed away on my twenty-fourth birthday. His memorial still stands in my back yard.

I shall always cherish Goliath's memory, but I still find it too painful to do a portrait of him myself - and I have yet to find anyone else whom I feel would accurately capture that beautiful "personality" of his that I knew and loved so much.

For this reason, I am committed to helping my fellow pet lovers by offering you affordable rates for portraits of your pet(s), rendered with the love and respect that they and you so richly deserve.

Prices start as low as $300 (depending on the number of pets in the composition).

  • Oils on canvas
  • Pastels on paper
  • Charcoal on paper
  • Contact Michael at Afromine

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Artists and Perception

Un-Common Design

by Delaware Michael J. Riley -

Artists, by nature, are adventurous and sensitive individuals. Many folks may wonder why artists are that way. One possible reason for many artists’ adventurism and hypersensitivity could be that they are designed to rely heavily upon their sense of perception.

By design, artists are charged with the task of transforming raw emotions and ideas from an abstract realm into something the world can see, hear, smell, taste or feel. In other words, one might say that artists possess a sixth sense that is used to appeal to the other five senses.

Let us examine this theory for a moment. In grade school, we are taught that, as human beings, we possess only five senses; sight, hearing, smell, taste and feel. This is an established position and a presumed fact. However, it may not apply to artists, designers, musicians, etc.

How can an artist’s or designer's perception be construed as a sixth sense?

An individual utilizing his senses in a normal fashion operates from a literal standpoint, while an artist operates from a more figurative one.


The gift of music – A rainy day

To an individual utilizing only common sense, hearing drops of rain landing on his rooftop tells him that it is raining outside and his mind then focuses on taking a simple course of action. He thinks, “Don’t go outside,” or “Take an umbrella with you.”

The same instance of falling rain, when heard by a person possessing the gift of music, might inspire him to write a symphony based on the rhythm produced by various intervals of the drops of rain.

The gift of Vision (not sight) – Colors on a wall

To an individual utilizing common perception, seeing colors on a wall tells him that the walls in a room are painted yellow. He might like the colors and go out and by a sofa to compliment the brilliant colors on the wall.

An artist or designer selects and uses colors to inspire or solicit an emotion or to create a particular mood. To a visual artist or graphic designer, the walls of the room are not simply painted yellow. They are upbeat, they are visitor-friendly and they are warm. That is how an artist communicates his interpretation of a sunny day without spelling it out.


The next time an artist or other creative individual is called “flighty” or is told that he lacks common sense; he can take it as a compliment. The fact is that he does not lack common sense. By design, he possesses un-common sense. He is not “flighty.” He is using his artistic gift to reach into the atmosphere and transform raw emotions and ideas from an abstract realm into reality.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Current Art Events in Delaware

The exhibit at the North Wilmington Library featuring artist Michael J. Riley and introducing 14 year old sensation, Dameir Davis has been extended from June through the month of July (possibly August). I am encouraging local residents, visitors and supporters of the arts to please stop by the library located at 3400 Market Street in Wilmington, Delaware and see how art has no age limits. In fact, how art has no limits at all.

Here is a video clip, recapping the art exhibit opening held on June 6, 2008. Please tune in to Comcast Channel 28 on July 6 at 7:00 PM and catch the live broadcast of "In the Upper Room." Riley and his protoge' Dameir will be featured guests, joined by jazz great Harry Spencer. Hopefully Harry will bring his sax and give us a little taste of what he put down at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival last month in Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington.