Final Details

When I’m doing final details on a painting it’s usually with the addition of highlights and deep shadows. I’m working quite close to the canvas and I’ve noticed that, at this close perspective, the image creates a pleasing abstract design. At this point when I step back from the painting the image often takes on a lifelike quality. I really want to equate that abstract design with the lifelike quality but I don’t see any valid reason for it.

Does anyone experience something similar?