Featuring colorist Ronda Francis

Saturday, October 10, 2015

I Learned Something New Today--Bokeh!

Yesterday I posted a portrait onto Kim Dellow's #ShowYourFace Challenge. 

My image is done with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, and shows some light circles in the background. 

BOKEH bubbles in the background. (Pardon the alliteration)

Yes it is my own work, but I have to say love the way the background turned out. A few people commented on the image and said they loved the background too, and said it was BOKEH.

I had never heard the word before. I had seen the diffused kind of reflected light in photos, but I did not know there was a word for it. The definition of bokeh is: the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out of focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Also--"the way the lens renders out of focus points of light".

I think these bubbles may be my new favorite thing.



  1. Very pretty work. Yes, it's a term I'm familiar with from photography.

    1. Yep--I guess I was the last person on the earth to know the term. ;)

  2. I learned that word from my son. You did a fantastic job, Dea! Love it!

    1. Thank you Veronica! How did our children get smarter than we are?? ;)

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    1. Thank you--and I'm flattered you think it is a painting. I did this with Faber-Castell colored pencils. (They are awesome BTW). Thanks for stopping in! Love it.