I am working on a new painting....I am always working on a new painting. I am thinking that there might be some sort of pattern in producing successful paintings. What I mean, is that I go through a few, perhaps 3 or 4, canvases and then hit a good one. A keeper. I very rarely achieve, let's say, 5 good paintings in a row. I've read about many artists who experience this as well. Even when Van Gogh returned home, he would paint over a bunch of canvases once he looked at them propped up against a wall in his house. One paints madly and then when the painting is viewed from a distance, or off the easel, it looks different. Know what I am talking about?
The same thing happens with book illustrations. When the book is finally produced, and you see your artwork reproduced in book form, the results can be very disappointing. This happens to many illustrators. I know many who stopped doing books because of this end result. I have a rule, I don't look at a published book I have done for at least 6 months. For some reason, the space of time lessens the blow.