Saturday, May 14, 2022

                  California’s Lassen Dunes

 The year is 1969—Two young men climb aboard a psychedelic space ship - a faded green and rusted 1953 panel truck. Once aboard and righteously ready for a colorful, swirling, trip, they blast off to a cosmic star called Mount Lassen. As their ship approaches the barren volcanic wasteland, the young men observe that the star, Lassen, is a vast pyroclastic universe, a sweeping landscape of wind-driven sand that appears as creamy mounds - the breasts of mother Lassen. Formed by white sand, the powdered milk of desert winds accumulates around her limitless areolas and leaves a mirage of deep thirst in the young traveler's throats. From the back of the space ship, covered under layers of misdirection, Peyote buttons are retrieved and steeped in hot lava-milk. Suckling like babies on the tit, they quench their thirst for the love and warmth of a woman who releases from her red lips a tongue that licks the eternal ground of the dunes. (Poem written in 1969 as we sat high above Mt. Lassen's sand dunes...tripping on the good shit.

Painting by Charles Asher: The Sand Dunes of Mount Lassen.



Monday, May 3, 2021


Well, I have recreated her; Rosa now lives again. To resurrect Rose, I include the first stanza of a poem I wrote in my youth describing the passion of her life - Fire. "La Rosa Magica," makes life hot and spellbinding.

The Eternal Scorch of a Sun Goddess
Your golden bronze body steams with searing heat as if a burning smoky desire drenched by love’s wave. Standing before me, golden, divine, Cleopatric, you summon my body with an imperceptive nod. Deeply tanned by the burning light of worship, except for your secrets now covered, you command me to kneel as you lift your sparkling dress revealing your true essence, the blaze of a crimson rose. I clasp my hands in prayer, touch them to my forehead, and plead for a taste of your fire.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Drowning in Sorrow

Drowning in Sorrow
 18 x 24 Oil on Canvas

Simply stated, "Drowning in Sorrow" is my vision of an emotional loss.
For me, that concept spans sixty-plus years of life and is a reoccurring experience that I dread. Yet, it is a part of life that we must deal with in all our years on this earth. It is a vision of the overwhelming plunge into dark sadness that we feel when an emotional shock rocks us with loss. It could be a break-up with a lover, a sad goodbye, the loss of a pet, a forced move from a place loved, an illness, a divorce, yet, mostly, from the death of someone you love.

FYI: You may wonder why I use women in paintings that have emotional themes. The simple answer is women motivate me. Many of my themes are universal (Sorrow) so, either way, a man or a woman can relate. I use women because, in my book, they are the beauty in life, and, as an artist, I pursue that beauty in my vision.

(I am still working on this painting, so you see it in its unfinished state.)

Love's Contemplation

Love's Contemplation
 24 x 24 Oil on canvas

Wrapped in contemplation, she searches for understanding.

What is love? How does one go forward with love? Do we give love freely without expectation of any return? Should we beg for it? Does love ever end? Can love end for some but not for others?

Is love a secret cove where two souls intimately share their lives while floating in a pool fed by a waterfall of passion?
Is it possible that the waterfall of passion can change to one of sad misting tears?

One prays for answers.

Heavenly Prayer

Heavenly Prayer
18 x 24 oil on Canvas

From the dazzle of heavenly stars and in the dream of Life
She Prays for God's Guidance


24 x 36 Original Oil on Canvas

Poster 24 x 36 printed on Poster-Paper 

The Most Important Decision of Her Life
Hangs in the Balance

Cirque du SolarEyes

Cirque du SolarEyes
47 x 35 Oil on Canvas

 She Flies Through the Air, across the Azure of Heaven,
and Soars with all the Stark Colors of a Circus Beauty