All recent work has been done from life, using a mirrored closet door, a hand-held mirror and a plumb bob. It's been challenging at times, due to the too-strong light flooding the studio through the wall of windows, as well as, getting accurate measurements to improve the drawing. A tiny blind spot in the center of vision of my right eye turns any attempt using it into a "best guess".
I purchased a three-fold screen to help reduce the intense light, but even though the windows are tinted and have blinds, it's still not enough. The ultimate solution has been to work at night, using a single lamp to achieve some semblance of the desired "Rembrandt Lighting". Anyone who has tried painting a portrait--a "selfie", or someone else--knows how important accurate drawing is to achieving a likeness. On the other hand, many great portraits are anything but a likeness of the subject, so there's still hope for this! :)
Couldn't end this post without a sunset and a photo or two of a dinner we had on August 21st, with our great friends Sally and Barbara.