Repeated Exposure Over Time | FineArtViews

This post is by Clint Watson, former artwork gallery owner and founder of BoldBrush, recognised for FASO Artist Web-sites, the primary service provider of professional artist internet sites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Painting Competition and the free daily artwork internet marketing newsletter, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed “art fanatic”, Clint delights that BoldBrush’s downtown San Antonio, Texas office environment is full of initial art, as is his household business office. You can connect with Clint on TwitterFacebook or his particular blog at


I was after at a restaurant when Heather Locklear walked in and sat down a handful of tables absent.   Even while she was simply just obtaining lunch, folks in the restaurant were intrigued in what she was accomplishing, and retained glancing at her.  Some persons pulled out their telephones to choose selfies with Heather in the qualifications.  A handful of brave or rude souls approached her to question for an autograph.  She was just a girl having lunch.  Why were being men and women so interested and so drawn to her?


A couple of years ago, I frequented the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.  We frequented place after home of remarkable artworks.  Typically, I had the full area to myself as I studied compelling functions by artists I experienced hardly ever listened to of.  The place ended up all the people?  I finally attained the room that housed a couple Rembrandts.  Guess in which all the men and women had been?  Crowded in entrance of famous Rembrandts, jostling for place to just take their photos.  Why were being folks disregarding all the other good art and combating each individual other for a couple moments in entrance of a little Rembrandt?


A single yr, I spoke about artwork advertising at the Oil Painters of The united states National Juried Exhibition.  This was following our publication, BoldBrush’s FineArtViews, experienced garnered a big subscriber foundation.  Again then, I was, by significantly, the newsletter’s most prolific author.  For that reason, 1000’s of painters had read my posts and observed my picture every working day for a several decades.  The show was held in Santa Fe that calendar year.  And due to the fact Santa Fe is an “artwork city”, practically the full “gallery row” spot experienced been overtaken by artists and artwork collectors who were being attending the OPA exhibit.  The night time PJ and I arrived, we resolved to go have a passionate meal and soak up the Santa Fe artsy ambiance.   Suddenly, as we ate, persons had been looking at me, pointing.  Strangers approached me to introduce by themselves and go over artwork promoting.  Individuals I failed to know walked up to me on the avenue and starting off chatting about artwork.  It turns out, these had been artists who subscribed to FineArtViews.  And as this transpired above and around,  I received a little taste of what “fame” was like.  I cannot think about how irritating it ought to be for “genuine” celebs.   Why were these strangers drawn to me?


A significant part of the remedy is identified as the  mere-publicity impact.


The mere-exposure effect implies that individuals and artworks turn out to be “renowned”, to a substantial diploma, simply because they have been seen regularly


The mere-publicity impact is a psychological phenomenon by which men and women tend to develop a preference for points basically due to the fact they are common with them.  This is how radio turns not known pop tunes into hits: You hear the tune about and more than and around right up until it can be trapped in your head and then you favor it to the music you’ve never ever heard.


There is certainly in all probability no extra illustrative case in point of the mere-publicity effect than the Mona Lisa.  The Mona Lisa is “well-known merely for getting popular.”  And readers to the Louvre group all-around the painting to take selfies and photographs of the portray that they have developed, as a result of repeated publicity, to be common with and, for several of them, prefer.




If you have ever been to a substantial-finish artwork gallery and expressed fascination in a painting, the gallery affiliate most likely whisked you into a “viewing place”, hung the painting on a effectively-lit wall, and proceeded to convey to you a lot more about the artist and the art perform.   This “viewing home” (or as gallery associates get in touch with them in private, “closing space”) makes an attempt to harness the “mere-exposure” impact.  It operates partly for the reason that you are continuously viewing a piece in which you’ve now expressed an interest and because currently being isolated in the viewing space retains you from acquiring distracted by other artworks.  In essence, the lengthier you look at a painting you previously like, the far more you are going to come to desire it, and, importantly, the more most likely you may decide to order it.


This just isn’t just a speculation, there is genuine investigation to back again up the mere-publicity impact.  I’m at present reading through a book termed “Hit Makers” by Derek Thompson.  In it, I realized of some analysis posted by James Chopping, a professor of psychology at  Cornell University, that is of excessive curiosity to fantastic artists.  


In his experiments, Chopping confirmed college students from distinct psychology courses quite a few pairs of well known impressionist artworks.  Every single pair consisted of a incredibly well known artwork by a famed impressionist and an obscure artwork by the identical impressionist.  Persistently, 60% of the time, people favored the famous portray to the obscure just one.


But then he did one thing ingenious and really significant for artists who want to promote their art.  Chopping devised a intelligent way more than the course of a semester to subtly bombard a class of learners with images of the obscure paintings.  This was not done as aspect of an artwork course.  He only randomly inserted slides of the obscure pieces into his frequent lectures.  The photos had been offered with out comment or context.  This new class observed every obscure portray 4 moments for just about every time they observed a famous portray.   Then he recurring the choice experiment.  With this certain team, the students’ desire for the popular impressionist paintings experienced disappeared and, in point, this team favored the obscure paintings 80% of the time.


In essence, simply by repeated publicity around time, Cutting altered people’s artistic choices.


This has enormous implications for the way you should marketplace your artwork.  You will need to get your art in entrance of people frequently.  And, exclusively, you have to have to continuously exhibit your art to all those folks who currently have curiosity in you and your artwork.   And even much more especially, you want to show every artwork repeated occasions.  This basic principle applies to advertising and marketing equally on-line and offline, but for the instant I want to focus on on line marketing and advertising.


Thompson wrote in Strike Makers that “Information could be king, but distribution is the kingdom.”  And when it comes to distribution, the actuality of the modern-day world wide web is that the vast the vast majority of men and women, the extensive the greater part of the time target their attention in only a handful of locations.  For most people, these locations are, overwhelmingly:  Electronic mailFacebookGoogle and, in the art earth, Instagram.   These 4 spots, for the most element, regulate the distribution of material, news, and one-way links.  Your web page is significant, but handful of men and women are likely to proactively go to your web site.  They check out their email, their Fb newsfeed, their Instagram feed and probably a pair of other social networks.  Then, and only then, if they see a thing they like, they acquire some action or click through to your site or your web page to learn far more.


Your online initiatives will need to be targeted on displaying you art frequently over time to your followers in these spots.  Never ignore the “about time” portion.  Slicing failed to improve people’s tastes by showing them obscure paintings in excess of the course of an hour, he subtly showed the obscure paintings numerous periods above the system of a semester.  Remember, it will take repeated exposure in excess of time to transform people’s tastes.  Most artists really don’t exhibit their artworks just about usually ample and really don’t just take adequate edge of the overlap in between these unique platforms.  When you have a new painting, you ought to be sending an announcement with the picture to your electronic mail checklist.  Then a day or so later on, publish it to your Facebook Web site.  And the subsequent working day, to your Instagram feeds.  And, more than time, post it several instances.  Also, to boost this phenomenon, submit each individual artwork numerous situations when it’s in development – this invests individuals in your method, plus important for our discussion, it offers you a reputable purpose to expose every artwork quite a few periods above a for a longer period interval of time to your followers.


In the modern day globe there is a lot of sounds.  There are a good deal of people today and manufacturers demanding our consideration.  Even if your art is wonderful, you are unable to assume individuals will merely find it, like it and invest in it.  You will have to locate ways to distribute and expose your artworks to the planet.  Fortunately, inspite of the sound amount, we have all been handed some of the most strong and totally free distribution channels at any time devised. 


That puts you in a significantly greater placement than those obscure impressionist works that experienced to wait around a century until a psychology professor made the decision to change people’s preferences.  You can consider management and make the most of these potent platforms:  email, Facebook, Instagram and other social networks to build a adhering to, and get started switching people’s preferences, so that they prefer your artworks, now.  


And that is a target really worth risking getting a few restaurant dinners interrupted! 




Clint Watson

BoldBrush/FASO Founder and Artwork Fanatic




Editor’s Note:

Today’s put up is an updated variation from a several several years back, but we are republishing it once more these days for the reason that it can be nonetheless a well timed and appropriate message. Delight in!


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