I'm working on a new "Character Study" Miss Liddy with a parasol. I guess I'll call this my "umbrella series." I was having difficulty finding the right reference photo with her hand holding the parasol, so I used my digital camera to take a photo of my own hand in the position I need. I used a mirror and took several shots until I had what I needed. The computer can be a valuable tool!
I think it is important to share our process with others, just as we gain from watching other artists work.