I was looking for a photo and when I cropped it and zoomed in I saw these pixels in the top corner - the original picture was a photo with colorful trees in the background. I've thought about this idea off and on for several years- find pretty, interesting pixel groups in my photographs, then make quilts based on the color groupings or use the color palette as a starter for a painting.
The above square was taken from a small portion of this:
Which was taken from a small portion of this tree photo:
Think of all the possibilities! HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your 2017 be happy and full of color!