Children of the Stars - Planitoid by jyruff

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Mid-winter morning and nature’s pounding rhythm calls me into the sea,
Cold clouds, wet and gray I sit a mile out on a rock slab waiting for waves,
off a vague mist lined point of land, waiting for …something to come.
Its not the waves i feel, no shark, or bubbles of fish i see beneath me,

But in the distance, a set of big black fins gliding on the horizon,
closer to land than I am, come straight for me on an intersecting course.
Killer whales stop my heart. Do they/dont they see me? dont they care?
…No Joe killers their not, just a name we give.
See them, be them, at peace, mammals one and all.

A mother father and a child come to me as one,
just wait be calm and trust them as they trust you, we both can tell,
Fins now only few feet in front slip silently beneath my feet
so close i can touch them with my toes,
join for a moment in silent eternity as they pass,
surface just beyond my reach
go on their way to a calling I vaguely understand.

Children of the sea , both you and me sharing as one this cold drab day,
I sit alone look at the misty distant shore with its buildings and highways and passing cars, wonder at the closeness of the stars.

Killer whale pod?…mother, father, children of the universe,
Mammals one and all, silent majestic,returning to our calling,
We are children of the stars, our parents the Universe.

A true first awakening experience, a chance personal encounter i had with the children of the sea when I was a young man totally hooked on surfing.

16″ × 20″ original pencil, pen n ink with oil on panel board hand painted by Hawaii seascape artist Joseph Ruff

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Hawaii Seascape artist Joseph Y. Ruff. Seascapes in oils on st
retched 3x primed canvas.

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  • E.E. Jacks
    E.E. Jacksover 3 years ago

    Ah I love it! Such color and what an idea! Beautiful x100

  • Thanks E.E. so nice of you to say ! :))

    – jyruff

  • Elisabeth Dubois
    Elisabeth Duboisover 3 years ago

    so beautiful and so different than your last wip. Really gorgeous Joseph.

  • Thank You Elisabeth! I let it dry out now for two weeks and took this photo to see how it looks posted, will put a final coat of Damar laquer to protect it , …and that will restore the wetness in the colors :) I did do a lot to the bottom half with all the planets lol! Glad to hear you like it .

    – jyruff

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 3 years ago

    What a grand finish!!!! you really are a wonderful artist and friend Joseph….Merry Christmas my brother in Christ

  • Hi dear friend, thank you so much for the wonderful comment, so glad you like it , been pretty busy lately (and lost my internet) . I will write you a nice bmail now and catch up with you , thank you Tahnja for always being there for me , so glad things are going good for you and love your new pieces :)) xoxox

    – jyruff

  • lillybeckart
    lillybeckartover 3 years ago

    Wow – what a magical piece! Love how the sparkling water is reflected in the stars of the universe – very cool!

  • Hi Rebecca, so nice of you to say this lovely comment, Thank you very much, i appreciate it :)

    – jyruff

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you Luda, Joseph

    – jyruff

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 3 years ago

    WOW what a wonderful piece of artwork!!! Absolutely gorgeous colours used, love it!!! :))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  • Thank you so much Vicki for your wonderful comment, so glad you like it.

    – jyruff

  • ☼Laughing Bones☾
    ☼Laughing Bones☾about 3 years ago

    January 20th, 2012

  • This is great news to hear, thank you for the wonderful feature into your Virtual Museum and including me among such great works, aloha, Joseph

    – jyruff

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesabout 3 years ago

    So beautiful, congrats on your feature

  • Thank you Trudi for such a beautiful comment, I appreciate it lots, aloha, Joseph.

    – jyruff

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 3 years ago

    Super fantastic work!!
    Deb, your host
    January 20, 2012

  • Great to hear this Deborah :) Thank you so much, for a wonderful feature and helping me share this work with others here on rb aloha, Joseph.

    – jyruff

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordabout 3 years ago

    image and story are fantastic, and magical as well

  • This is fantastic news Nancy, Thank you so much for your generous comments…Even after all these years it moves me enough to write and paint this as if it just happened. Aloha, Joseph.

    – jyruff

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