Repeated Exposure Over Time | FineArtViews

Repeated Exposure Over Time | FineArtViews

Repeated Exposure Over Time | FineArtViews

This post is by Clint Watson, former artwork gallery operator and founder of BoldBrush, acknowledged for FASO Artist Web sites, the leading company of experienced artist web sites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Painting Competition and the cost-free each day art internet marketing newsletter, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed “art fanatic”, Clint delights that BoldBrush’s downtown San Antonio, Texas business office is whole of first art, as is his home business. You can link with Clint on TwitterFacebook or his private weblog at


I was the moment at a cafe when Heather Locklear walked in and sat down a number of tables absent.   Even though she was only getting lunch, folks in the cafe were interested in what she was executing, and held glancing at her.  Some men and women pulled out their telephones to take selfies with Heather in the background.  A few courageous or impolite souls approached her to request for an autograph.  She was just a woman obtaining lunch.  Why ended up people so fascinated and so drawn to her?


A few of years in the past, I visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.  We frequented space soon after room of remarkable artworks.  Usually, I had the complete room to myself as I examined powerful will work by artists I had hardly ever heard of.  The place ended up all the folks?  I lastly achieved the room that housed a several Rembrandts.  Guess exactly where all the persons had been?  Crowded in front of famed Rembrandts, jostling for placement to choose their pictures.  Why were individuals ignoring all the other great artwork and preventing just about every other for a couple moments in entrance of a compact Rembrandt?


A person 12 months, I spoke about art marketing at the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition.  This was immediately after our newsletter, BoldBrush’s FineArtViews, experienced garnered a large subscriber foundation.  Again then, I was, by far, the newsletter’s most prolific author.  As a result, thousands of painters had browse my articles and found my photograph every working day for a handful of many years.  The show was held in Santa Fe that calendar year.  And given that Santa Fe is an “art town”, practically the whole “gallery row” spot had been overtaken by artists and art collectors who ended up attending the OPA show.  The night time PJ and I arrived, we decided to go have a romantic evening meal and soak up the Santa Fe artsy ambiance.   Suddenly, as we ate, folks were wanting at me, pointing.  Strangers approached me to introduce on their own and discuss artwork promoting.  Folks I didn’t know walked up to me on the road and starting off speaking about art.  It turns out, these have been artists who subscribed to FineArtViews.  And as this transpired in excess of and over,  I bought a little flavor of what “fame” was like.  I are not able to picture how discouraging it ought to be for “true” superstars.   Why were being these strangers drawn to me?


A big portion of the reply is regarded as the  mere-publicity effect.


The mere-exposure effect indicates that people today and artworks become “popular”, to a big degree, since they have been seen continuously


The mere-exposure outcome is a psychological phenomenon by which men and women are likely to acquire a preference for factors simply since they are acquainted with them.  This is how radio turns unknown pop tracks into hits: You listen to the music above and in excess of and more than till it is really caught in your head and then you like it to the music you’ve got by no means read.


There is certainly probably no a lot more illustrative case in point of the mere-exposure effect than the Mona Lisa.  The Mona Lisa is “well-known simply just for getting well-known.”  And visitors to the Louvre crowd close to the portray to acquire selfies and images of the portray that they have grown, by way of repeated exposure, to be familiar with and, for numerous of them, like.




If you’ve got at any time been to a high-finish art gallery and expressed interest in a portray, the gallery affiliate probably whisked you into a “viewing room”, hung the portray on a very well-lit wall, and proceeded to explain to you much more about the artist and the art operate.   This “viewing room” (or as gallery associates contact them in non-public, “closing place”) tries to harness the “mere-publicity” result.  It will work partly simply because you are continuously viewing a piece in which you’ve got already expressed an interest and because becoming isolated in the viewing space keeps you from acquiring distracted by other artworks.  In essence, the extended you seem at a portray you now like, the far more you can arrive to prefer it, and, importantly, the additional very likely you’ll choose to buy it.


This isn’t really just a speculation, there is true investigate to again up the mere-publicity effect.  I am at present looking at a e book named “Strike Makers” by Derek Thompson.  In it, I realized of some research published by James Cutting, a professor of psychology at  Cornell College, that is of serious interest to fantastic artists.  


In his experiments, Chopping showed pupils from distinctive psychology lessons various pairs of well known impressionist artworks.  Each individual pair consisted of a incredibly renowned artwork by a famed impressionist and an obscure artwork by the identical impressionist.  Continually, 60% of the time, individuals chosen the well-known painting to the obscure one.


But then he did something ingenious and exceptionally vital for artists who want to market their art.  Reducing devised a clever way around the training course of a semester to subtly bombard a course of pupils with visuals of the obscure paintings.  This was not carried out as part of an artwork course.  He simply just randomly inserted slides of the obscure pieces into his standard lectures.  The photos were presented devoid of remark or context.  This new course saw every single obscure painting 4 moments for every time they saw a famed portray.   Then he recurring the desire experiment.  With this certain team, the students’ choice for the well-known impressionist paintings experienced disappeared and, in truth, this team most popular the obscure paintings 80% of the time.


Essentially, simply just by means of repeated exposure around time, Cutting improved people’s creative choices.


This has large implications for the way you really should industry your art.  You will need to get your artwork in entrance of people frequently.  And, especially, you need to continuously show your art to these people who currently have fascination in you and your artwork.   And even much more precisely, you need to have to show each and every artwork repeated occasions.  This theory applies to marketing and advertising both equally on the net and offline, but for the instant I want to explore on-line marketing.


Thompson wrote in Hit Makers that “Content material may be king, but distribution is the kingdom.”  And when it arrives to distribution, the fact of the fashionable world wide web is that the wide majority of individuals, the broad bulk of the time focus their focus in only a handful of sites.  For most individuals, these sites are, overwhelmingly:  Electronic mailFbGoogle and, in the artwork planet, Instagram.   These 4 areas, for the most component, management the distribution of content, news, and backlinks.  Your website is critical, but number of individuals are heading to proactively go to your web site.  They verify their e-mail, their Fb newsfeed, their Instagram feed and probably a couple of other social networks.  Then, and only then, if they see a thing they like, they just take some action or click on via to your blog or your website to find out additional.


Your on the web initiatives require to be focused on demonstrating you art consistently over time to your followers in these spots.  Do not neglect the “more than time” component.  Cutting didn’t change people’s choices by displaying them obscure paintings around the program of an hour, he subtly confirmed the obscure paintings quite a few instances in excess of the course of a semester.  Remember, it normally takes repeated publicity over time to improve people’s choices.  Most artists really don’t demonstrate their artworks virtually generally more than enough and don’t take plenty of edge of the overlap involving these diverse platforms.  When you have a new painting, you really should be sending an announcement with the picture to your e mail record.  Then a day or so afterwards, put up it to your Facebook Page.  And the up coming working day, to your Instagram feeds.  And, over time, post it numerous times.  Also, to enhance this phenomenon, put up just about every artwork many moments whilst it is really in progress – this invests people today in your system, moreover significant for our discussion, it provides you a reputable motive to expose every single artwork numerous instances above a for a longer period period of time of time to your followers.


In the fashionable world there is a lot of sounds.  There are a whole lot of men and women and manufacturers demanding our focus.  Even if your artwork is excellent, you cannot believe men and women will merely come across it, prefer it and acquire it.  You will have to come across ways to distribute and expose your artworks to the world.  Thankfully, in spite of the sounds degree, we’ve all been handed some of the most effective and cost-free distribution channels at any time devised. 


That places you in a substantially far better situation than individuals obscure impressionist will work that had to wait around a century until a psychology professor made the decision to alter people’s tastes.  You can get manage and employ these potent platforms:  e-mail, Facebook, Instagram and other social networks to make a following, and begin switching people’s preferences, so that they prefer your artworks, now.  


And that’s a target really worth jeopardizing owning a handful of restaurant dinners interrupted! 




Clint Watson

BoldBrush/FASO Founder and Artwork Fanatic




Editor’s Note:

Present-day write-up is an updated version from a several several years back, but we are republishing it again currently simply because it can be nevertheless a timely and applicable concept. Delight in!