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18 x 22 pastel on pastel paper
completed and released August 15, 2004

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The Olympics are not only a showcase for the best of today's athletes. They also put the beauty and culture of the host country centerstage. Born from catastropic destruction, Santorini possesses a beauty that evokes awe and demands respect.

I had been wanting to work on something with regards to the Olympic games in Athens this year (2004), without focusing on the actual game events. That got me thinking about the incredible beauty of the region, and how its breathtaking views would compliment those provided by the many gorgeous athletes.

Peter said:
Love the curve of those muscles and buns. Beautiful.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 08:39 AM
Jerry said:
This one is beautiful. It's as if he just woke up on vacation and is taking in the beautiful view before getting his day started.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 08:44 AM
WiscMuscleDude said:
Beautiful scenery, especially of those incredible man cakes!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 08:59 AM
What a View said:
First the man and then the rest of the picture.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 09:13 AM
BW said:
While Greece may be facing austerity measures, there is certainly no austerity of beauty--natural or masculine.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 09:50 AM
Michael in MS said:
I love the color blue and what it adds to this print'; serenity. It makes me think that this guy steps toward the ledge with no cares in the world just to take in the beauty of his surroundings. Then there is the "wild edge" of the print with a SEXY tan line and just a hint of ass crack showing. I love all the hues of blue from the water, to the sky, even the slight bue in the landscape all around and the blue stripe on his shorts. Great artwork!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 09:59 AM
AFS said:
This is such a tease in 2 ways this morning and I love that about it! First of all, I just woke up this morning to the sight of 6" of cold rain, sleet and snow everywhere then I check my email and see beautiful warm pastel of Santorini. Secondly, I love the lowered briefs that give you a delightful tease but doesn't bare all so it still leaves enough to run wild with in my imagination... mainly where I'm with that guy far far away from MN!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Shane110873 said:
Gorgeous sky, mountain, water, man contrast. It pulls the eye in multiple directions all at once. You have such a great eye for your artwork. Some people are good at landscapes, some are good at people, you seem to have the complete package! Love it!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Ron S. said:
Santorini as I remember..Breathtakingly Beautiful! I was in awe of this Greek Island. Simplistic & Beautiful aththe same time...and oh, those olive skinned Greek Men...and so accomodating too! My Heritage being half Greek & half English, I know of the Hot Greek men who inhabit this nice sun drenched Isle. As always, but especially with this drawing Michael seems to have every color & hue of Santorini & he's also captured it's beauty & it's come Hither Call! Thanks Michael for once again hitting the nail on the head, so to speak with this exquisite drawing.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 03:31 PM
MuppetLovers said:
That's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. And the low-riding pants being hung below the tan line is just one of those things that always make your scenes so ... perfect!
Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Frank R said:
Greek god.
Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 07:12 PM
D Slaga said:
Santorini is such a "flowing" piece of art. As he stands on the balcony and looks out over the water, you see the slight ripples and curves of his muscles, which are reflected in the water, the dome of the hotel and the distant hills. The man and the landscape are one, not knowing where one begins and where the other one ends. Flowing
Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Greg D said:
I would love to wake up to this view, and the scenery too.
Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM
ed said:
In the immortal words of Mr Frankie Valli….. “grease is the word” and yes that is most definitely a double entendre!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 12:08 AM
JSA said:
So much about this painting is breathtaking. The detail is wonderful, starting with the deep blue of the ocean and the roof, to the rocks, mountains and the clouds. The athlete is stunning, from the muscles, to the tan lines to the shorts with the red, white and blue piping.The combination captures perfectly your goal of a piece to celebrate the Athens Summer Games!
Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 06:07 PM
B.G. Thomas said:
Santorini... Greece. All my life I've dreamed of this place, wanted this place...and now I am here. Standing here looking out over the balcony at blue waters there is no word to properly describe. The while buildings with there blue roofs, the sparkling beaches below... It's real! No longer a dream! Today is my day to find whatever adventures I can in beauty, in love, and in the arms of another the world that for thousands of years has respected my view of love. May the gods bless me!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 09:34 AM
Peto F. said:
The counterpoint between light and dark play out so that the dark of the male subject's head and back suggest a sexuality both timeless and modern. Centuries of neglect of the male as a contemplative sex object are made right by the celebration of the receptive and erotic nature of the masculine "backside". No longer weighed down by the duties of warrior or laborer, the athlete as rendered here joins the lunar receptivity that is the complement to the solar setting. The result is an alchemy of masculine allure.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 09:44 AM
Jim K. said:
The art work moves me... in this case, it moves me to want to nibble on that butt!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Rob b said:
Breathe it all in!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Frank H said:
Hard to see that beautiful view with my face buried between those perfect melons!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Cliff Tx said:
When I think of Santorini I cannot help but remember the movie "Summer Lovers". So picturesque! You definitely captured the essence of it's steep cliffs, the crisp blues/whites of the architecture and ocean. This is an island of extreme contrasts......especially of the gorgeous hunk taking in the supreme view, which is unlike anywhere else!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 08:29 PM
johnanthony25 said:
Michael you are so talented to capture the beautiful round blue dome architecture mirrored againest the beautiful round butt of your model starring at the beautiful blue water. What a beautiful circle of romance you created
Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 08:33 AM
Steven S said:
My Partner and I have always dreamed of spending an anniversary vacation in Santorini. We are approaching our 18 year mark and are planning for this on our 20th. Your work captures exactly what I have pictured in my mind - the water, the turret, and the beautiful man sensing for himself the beauty of his surroundings. This is truly an inspiration for us as we hope to reach Santorini in the coming several years. I can only hope that what we experience is as captivating as this masterpiece of art. Many thanks for sharing this with all of us.
Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 01:11 PM
bootlace said:
I love the fact that not all your close up are not just of the subject, but that you always include a piece of background.....For those of you who have never been to Greece; I can verify that the sea really is that blue. Favourite part of the pic - the slightly lowered shorts revealing the tan line, & the light hair fuzz glowing in the sun. Wonderful as ever Michael. Cheers :-) x x x
Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 02:08 PM
kip said:
distant places start to focus as if reality is a breath away. things that have always seemed out of reach are suddenly within our realm. Santorini makes the impossible seem possible !
Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 04:04 AM
moereese said:
When did you take my picture? I will be in Positano in about a similar spot in May.
Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Michael Breyette (the artist) said:
Thanks for all the wonderful comments everyone!
Monday, April 2, 2012 at 07:45 PM
D Slaga said:
Friday, April 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM