So I took an image of the Mona Lisa and then manipulated the size, hue, saturation and lightness to create different color compositions. I got the idea when I was just playing around with Josef Albers paintings. I liked that some colors that were solid just changed while other areas of the painting that had more textural information got really crazy and pixelated. I experimented with the work of a few different artists, mostly Blinky Palermo and John Baldessari, who both work with solid colors. This was fun but I thought it would be interesting to use a classical painting and settled on the Mona Lisa. Then I reduced the image in size to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 16, 32 & 64 pixels/inch. Then I blew it up again and played with the hue, saturation and lightness until I got a color pallet that I liked. These look remarkably similar to the color pallet creators we looked at online. This is either a testament to the genius of the Mona Lisa, or the power of Photoshop, I’m not sure which.
Here’s me playing with a couple of Balessari pieces: