paintr is a simple implementation of a naive model of how art is made. An artist is motivated by aesthetic concerns to find imagery to hang those concerns off of and thereby presents a work in a signature style. paintr finds a recent palette on colr.org, searches for the words that palette is tagged with on flickr, autotraces the image to simplify and abstract it, and then applies the palette to the results randomly.
This abstracts and unifies the image, obviously aestheticising and transforming it. The result is a kind of Stella-ish artistic ironisation of a verbal description of art. It’s also often fun to look at.