The Painter's Secret Geometry
In the past, designs by master artists were kept hidden from the public and were only passed down from a master to their apprentice. This tradition of secrecy is still very much alive today. In fact, there are a lot of modern master artists that will not speak openly about how they design their art and often times when asked, will flat out deny it.
Much like the magician that won't reveal how they perform their illusions, the artist has always carefully guarded the most important element when it comes to creating masterful art - that being composition. This philosophy is known as the "painter's secret geometry." And because very few people have the ability to decode design, it's not difficult for the artist to fool the unsuspecting public while maintaining the "illusion" that great art is intuitive and spontaneous, even though it's not.
However, times are changing. Because of Myron Barnstone, Juliette Aristides, and several other modern artists that teach classical skill-based art, this historically undisclosed information is finally becoming more widespread. Hopefully, in time and with some persistence, this knowledge on design techniques will reach an even larger audience because of the Internet, this website, and other artists who are more forthright about how they create their compositions.
Painting above, “Disintegration,” by Myron Barnstone.
Painting above by Juliette Aristides using the 14 line armature of the rectangle.