Oil paintings look the best to me when I have things roughed in. The real danger zone comes between when the paint is roughed in, with all its potential, and the final finishing highlights are put in.
That's when things go south. And the only place it can go is south, because I haven't screwed it up yet. I think that's when people tell themselves they have no talent and give up, whereas I slog on, damnit, ignoring my lack of talent. Paintings. Guitars. Books.
The thing about paintings is you can see how they look immediately, and you can hear your guitar, but you can't tell how a book reads in the moment. So again, you have to let it rest to forget it a little.
I really hate that part. But here we are, ignoring the book so I can see it with fresh eyes, after which I will be cursed to keep pounding on it.