The “gut” of Van Gogh’s Irises (1889), stripped down to its core 256-color system. No color repetition occurs.
While it’s capable of depicting either in abstract or representational form, for every detail that’s added, for every decision made consciously or unconsciously, with or without intention, we also miss out on something. All paintings have an inevitable palette to them, and with every complexity or variation in tonality that I face, I can’t help but ask myself the following questions: what colors or tones can I abandon, so as to get the truest quintessential gut of the painting? Are pixels (and/or limited 256-color images) an orderly presentation of color, as opposed to content? Being made up of varying swatches, do all paintings have a pixel potential?