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A habit since I was a student at UST and UP, before I work on large oils or pastels, I normally do a small sketch (on vellum paper) on the subject at hand just to have an idea as to how my compositions would look like. Here are a few of these sketches I did on landscapes and compositions during our stay in Colorado. These thumbnails or small sketches many times have more spontaneity than the final, bigger artworks, and many times are completely different from the final artwork. However, I find time to further work on these sketches that they end up as final artworks, despite the size. Both the thumbnails and final artworks have their own merit and beauty.
To view all CO thumbnail pastels: http://glenn-studio.artistwebsites.com/art/all/colorado+pastels+-+thumbnails/all