You bet - fortunately not nearly as much as I used to be! I suspect though, that most artists whatever their medium is, will agree that bringing your new work out to the public is scary and stressful; work you have poured your heart and soul into in the solitude of your studio, as well as battled with and dreamed about at night, so that it was all you could think about.
So there it is, and you know very well that it isn't perfect, but at this point it is the best you can do - and now you wonder if the viewers will be at all interested in it, understand it and/or like it; will it speak to them at all? Or will they judge it (and thereby you) harshly or even worse: be completely uninterested and just ignore it as of no importance at all?
I think that many artists will recognize this scenario: You have a new show and all the work is up and displayed to the best of your ability, invitations are out, you are all dressed up and the Opening Reception is to-night ------------and you are shaking with fear that no-one will show up at all! I think that it has something to do with stage fright and I have heard that even top performers such as actors and musicians can suffer terribly from it to the point, where it is almost paralysing and will cause some to stop performing altogether -------- but it can also spur you on to do your best work.
I don't think that it ever disappears even if it does get better so that you develop a thicker skin and realize that whether other people like it or not does not change good work and is not the most important thing - and that for everyone who loves your work there will be one who doesn't - and that it is OK! We are all different with different backgrounds and tastes, and it would be pretty boring if it weren't the case so that everybody liked the same things.
So why am I thinking about this now? I have just shipped the above six paintings off to their new owner in Denmark; she has only seen them online and I am beating myself up with worry that she may be in anyway disappointed with the real thing. I hope not, personally I think that the original will always be better - a photo will never catch all the subtleties of colour or texture - and different computer screens show colours differently. I hope that she will be pleased and that they will arrive safely - I should know sometime next week.