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Click for enlarged and detailed views. A Summer Treat

18 x 23¼ pastel on pastel paper
completed and released June 10, 2008

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Every hot afternoon, he takes a break from working on the summer cottage. He swaggers across the stream of vacation traffic to the townýs ice cream shop. He doesn't quite know which flavor he'll get, but he knows he will be greeted by a big grin from the young guy behind the counter. And for a few moments, they each get to indulge in A Summer Treat.

With the last few days being so hot and muggy, there's really no need to explain my inspiration for this piece. I'm just glad I got to work on it indoors with the ac running.

talltexan said:
I'll Say! Give More! Great work and Great Theme Michael as always! It speaks to us all....
Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM
John G said:
The ice cream stand looks like the one by the long pier in Ptown. Love the smile on the handsome kid serving up the vanilla cone. Is he just flirting with the stud-customer, or is there a connection between them? Perhaps they'll meet at A-House, Backstreets ... or Boatslip beach! To the BOYS of summer
Monday, June 4, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Rob S said:
So hot that the scooper offers little resistance.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 09:27 AM
pan said:
"Trick or Treat" came early this year, eye candy sure beats a bag of snickers! Great summer pic.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 09:34 AM
Lusoguy said:
we´re not in Casablanca, but I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship !
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Bob - Palm Springs said:
Oh, it's always a pleasure to share a big smile. A little flirting never hurts, and makes everyone feel great. We all like to be recognized. Of course, we are always thinking about the possibility of further flirts, and friendships.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM
poohbear said:
This is the epitome of summer!! So hot - makes me think of that Cazwell video "Ice Cream Truck" :) Thanks for the summertime treat...
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Maurice said:
That's more than a "Summer Treat" in those jeans. You see "I ('d) cream all over that any day!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Peto F. said:
I love summer and I love bright colors. This piece has it all, plus some great flesh tones shining in the light. And, I might add, you bravely rendered some hands!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Michael D said:
I really enjoy this picture. It is whimsical, playful, erotic and slightly transgressive. My love of soft serve ice cream and hot guys aside, the artwork goes beyond the obvious innuendo of the ice cream cone. The positioning of the patron with his shirt hanging evokes the hanky code and the money casually held certainly suggests exchange ("I've got something you'll really like"), a pairing (two dollars) and has a very subtle implication of rent boys or rough trade, which brings a transgressive dimension that makes this picture even hotter than the summer heat that brought our patron to the stand.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Tom said:
This ones on the house. The treat is all mine.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Byron B said:
The young server's heartbeat raced, warming his cool hand. Ice cream begins to ooze across his long fingers while he stares motionless at his customer's sculpted torso glistening in the strong sunlight from above. He feels the cone being gently lifted from his grasp. Hands touch. The suitor's steel blue eyes reach deep into his soul. Pulses sizzle like the summer day. The server laughs to himself nervously, completely unaware of what his customer was about to do...
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Lance said:
If I had a beautiful man like that manning the Ice Cream Stand near me, you'd never get me to leave the window!! Thanks, Michael!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Tim A. said:
"You gonna just stand there or do I get to lick that before you have sticky stuff all over your hands?" Michael, I liked Michael D. and Byron B's. comments above...there is really alot there. It is another great so many of your works Michael it is fun and provocative. And it does bring back childhood memories of softserve ice cream at 'The Keg' (barrell shaped) drive-in in my western Minnesota hometown. Thanks!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 05:49 PM
ed said:
sorry, no shirt, no shoes, no service! NOT!!!!!! would you like my cherry... i mean a cherry on top?
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 05:52 PM
farmer said:
Would that be one lick or two?
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 11:14 PM
bootlace said:
I (ce) cream. Hot on tha outside, cool on the inside - what a grin!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 05:42 AM
talltexan said:
The Look on the Kids Face Says a' Lot but not all! Imagine what he is thinking? Yur Mind could go Wild on this Drawing! Ice Cream and Red Hot shirtless Dudes go so well together! A' Double Treat for Both Guys!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 03:50 PM
JSA said:
"What time do get you off today? Come meet me at T-Dance and we will finish the day with a smile on both our faces."
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 06:53 PM
jon v said:
i have a big hard one for you...on a stick
Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Eric said:
This piece sums up everything I love about summer: Hot shirtless guys, endless sun and ice cream. It's sweet and sexy but not vulgar. Great work!
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Doug said:
I think your ice cream is melting.
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 08:58 AM
D Slaga said:
A Summer Treat, would fit well into this years show "Under the Sun." It's a hot day, I assume the boy in the ice cream truck is a young gay, possibly a virgin, beause one of the screen shots of the piece focuses on the cherry. I imagine he's hard all day watching these sexy shirtless men. Then when this guy comes to buy some ice cream, he flirts with the younger gay, who melts, and fumbles his way around the truck to fill the order and hoping he gets filled , too.
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 09:03 AM
Todd P said:
I love the dichotomy that this piece invokes. It is hot outside and this customer is hot, hot, hot-- but the items for sale in this shop are ice cold. I think the only thing melting in this ice-cream shop is the clerk's heart once he gets a glimpse of his customer. Not unlike the treats found in this ice-cream shop, this muscular dude is cool, sweet and very tasty.
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 10:41 PM
GeorgeTSLC said:
I read the vendor as older than some other commenters, quite possibly older than the poser. And I like THAT dynamic.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 01:16 PM
RFrazier said:
"Forget the cone. I'll take two scoops of you with extra whipped cream on top."
Friday, June 15, 2012 at 04:12 PM
SusieQ said:
Ummm....can you direct me to this ice cream stand? Please and thank you!
Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 08:59 PM
strkn4fun said:
Vendor boy knows that stud boy comes by at about the same time every day. Stud boy approaches with a friendly smile of his own, his huge cock plainly raging in his jeans, and his nipples hard as pencil erasers mounted on meaty, rock hard pecs. Vendor boy knows very well how much stud boy wants to strip him naked and pound his bubble butt. Maybe tonight?
Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 10:00 PM