Atanas Laskov

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May 9, 2017 11:26 pm

Quick Sketches

April 28, 2017 11:40 pm

Laskov quick sketches

Loose Sketches

February 25, 2017 2:28 pm

Laskov Loose Sketches

The Wise Men

February 25, 2017 7:49 am

Verily, the ancient wise-men were entitled to be masters,
because they were subtle, profound and thoughtful.
I cannot explain their way of wisdom,
so I will venture to illustrate it:

so cautious they were,
like a boat crossing a river in winter.

so reluctant they were,
like a country fearful of its neighbours in the four directions of the compass.

so reverent they were,
like simple guests in a rich mansion.

so elusive they were,
like water trickling under a frosted stream.

so simple they were,
like hemp rope.

so wild they were,
like a valley cloistered in the mountains.

so obscure they were,
like muddled waters.

Who can the disturbance quiet,
and gradually distil it to clarity?
He is akin to the masters.

Who keeps with the way of things,
and does not crave to be satiated?
He is like the ancients.

Golden Dragon Serpent

February 12, 2017 11:46 pm

Laskov Golden Dragon Apple

Sketches Of People

November 20, 2016 11:52 am

Laskov People Sketches

Multitude Of Different Names

November 5, 2016 5:06 pm

This is my take on translating the first chapter of the 道德經.
It is based on the gloss of the Chinese characters, and cross-referenced with other English translations, for extra accuracy.

This way could be the true way,
but it is not always so;
This name could be the true name,
but it is not always so.

it is of Heaven and Earth (天下 tiānhià) the true beginning;
Give it a name,
and it becomes of ten thousand things the mother.

always without having desires,
one unlocks the temple gate of wonders.

Always having desires,
one stumbles at the temple gate,
and this is by sheer luck.

Twofold this appears,
two different names alike are spoken;
They speak of the dark mystery.

Darkness and of the dark again,
it is the same;
Multitude of different names
all leading to the gate.

- Atanas Laskov, 2016


September 12, 2016 11:23 pm

Mostly sketches of people's backs because it's easier to sneak from behind.

Laskov Urban Sketching

The World

July 2, 2016 12:13 pm

天下 tiānhià

天 tian1 Sky, heaven 下 hia4 Under, below.

Laskov, tian hia

Man Follows The Earth

June 22, 2016 7:31 pm

人法地。 Rén fǎ dì.

人 ren2 Man, person; 法 fa3 Law, abide, follow the law; 地 di4 Earth.


Ren Fa Di

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