Wishing everyone a joyous New Year!
My first new word of the new year is "Bokeh".
It's the cool aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image; also small background or foreground highlights.
I tried, on this page in my Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media sketchbook, to produce some "bokeh" on a background of black gesso using pan pastels, Derwent Art Bars (waxy watercolor sticks), and Sakura Soufle Pens.
Not sure what these shapes are but they looked appropriate for celebrating!