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Can you tell me who's talking...

colors

...and what is she trying to tell us?

Hint 1:

No maths needed

Hint 2:

After the "dirty job" made by Gareth, the solution of this puzzle should be really close

Hint 3 (giveaway):

What really count are the names of the colours (try play with them...)

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    $\begingroup$ Could you provide a text transcription of all the colors? I'm colorblind, and using the color-dropper on each square seems tedious even for people who aren't. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Oct 31 '19 at 18:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi: sorry, the lack of a text transcription is intentional. By the way the puzzle can be solved by colorblind people too. $\endgroup$ – Hunter Oct 31 '19 at 18:54
  • $\begingroup$ can be solved by colorblind people without a color-picker? $\endgroup$ – rm-vanda Oct 31 '19 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ @Hunter That's surprising. Does that mean that a grey scale image suffices? $\endgroup$ – WhatsUp Oct 31 '19 at 20:12
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    $\begingroup$ @WhatsUp: no, it means that a colorpicker is necessary $\endgroup$ – Hunter Nov 1 '19 at 7:19
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Following the extremely helpful 'scutwork' of @GarethMcCaughan, and using Hint #3, the answer is:

Georgia O'Keeffe:
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."

Explanation:

Taking the first letter of each color (or each word of the color) gives something like this:

I    L    GS   N    I    AY   AY   A
FO   DS   PR   DS   CO   A    T    BB
EU   A    I    H    EU   N    H    N
N    Y    DL   AP   L    YO   I    B
C    T    FF   E    D    T    NG   WO
I    H    OL   ST   N    H    S    RD
CO   I    OR   H    T    ER   I    SF
U    N    G    AT   S    W    H    OR

You can pretty easily make out some words when read top-to-bottom, left-to-right, like THAT, a couple COULDs, and then ANY OTHER WAY THINGS I...WORDS FOR, which is of course part of her quote:

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."

Final lists (Thanks @ChrisCudmore for the last one):

I    L    GS   N    I    AY   AY   A
FO   DS   W    DS   CO   A    T    D
U    A    I    H    U    N    H    N
N    Y    T    AP   L    YO   I    O
D    T    HC   E    D    T    NG   WO
I    H    OL   ST   N    H    S    RD
CO   I    OR   H    T    ER   I    SF
U    N    A    AT   S    W    H    OR

Irresistible | Lilac | Green Sheen | Nickel | Isabelline | Arylide Yellow | Arylide Yellow | Asparagus
Fire Opal | Dark Salmon | Wine | Deep Saffron | Carrot Orange | Amethyst | Timberwolf | Drab
Ultramarine | Avocado | Independence | Heliotrope | Ultramarine | Nickel | Honeydew | Nyanza
Nickel | Yellow | Taupe | Amaranth Pink | Liberty | Yellow Orange | Icterine | Oxblood
Desert | Tumbleweed | Hollywood Cerise | Eggshell | Denim | Thistle | Neon Green | Wild Orchid
Inchworm | Harlequin | Old Lace | Steel Teal | Nyanza | Harlequin | Skobeloff | Rose Dust
Cadmium Orange | Iris | Old Rose | Honeydew | Tangerine | English Red | Indigo | Spring Frost
Umber | Nyanza | Ao | Atomic Tangerine | Straw | White | Heliotrope | Orange-Red

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    $\begingroup$ PUCE Red = WINE (same hex code) $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Mar 5 at 15:23
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisCudmore Thanks! Included that on the new list. Just stuck on one that I can't find a single alternative for, never mind one for the letter I need. $\endgroup$ – hagfy Mar 5 at 15:44
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    $\begingroup$ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxblood $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Mar 5 at 16:30
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    $\begingroup$ @ChrisCudmore Oh man, I even saw that, but they're stated to be different hues so I didn't check color codes. Actually checking it shows they're exactly the same code! Thanks! $\endgroup$ – hagfy Mar 5 at 16:33
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Not really an answer but (too large to fit in a comment and) may save others some scutwork: OP says that "the lack of a text transcription is intentional" but if this puzzle is mostly about looking up RGB colours on the internet then that is No Fun and I'd like to save other people the bother.

Of course it may turn out that none of this has anything to do with the actual puzzle and I've saved people some pointless bother, but actually that's even better.

RGB triples:

B3 44 6C  |  C8 A2 C8  |  6E AE A1  |  72 74 72  |  F4 F0 EC  |  E9 D6 6B  |  E9 D6 6B  |  87 A9 6B
E9 5C 4B  |  E9 96 7A  |  72 2F 37  |  FF 99 33  |  ED 91 21  |  99 66 CC  |  DB D7 D2  |  96 71 17
3F 00 FF  |  56 82 03  |  4C 51 6D  |  DF 73 FF  |  3F 00 FF  |  72 74 72  |  F0 FF F0  |  E9 FF DB
72 74 72  |  FF FF 00  |  48 3C 32  |  F1 9C BB  |  54 5A A7  |  FF AE 42  |  FC F7 5E  |  80 00 20
C1 9A 6B  |  DE AA 88  |  F4 00 A1  |  F0 EA D6  |  15 60 BD  |  D8 BF D8  |  39 FF 14  |  D4 70 A2
B2 EC 5D  |  3F FF 00  |  FD F5 E6  |  5F 8A 8B  |  E9 FF DB  |  3F FF 00  |  00 74 74  |  9E 5E 6F
ED 87 2D  |  5A 4F CF  |  C0 80 81  |  F0 FF F0  |  F2 85 00  |  AB 4B 52  |  4B 00 82  |  87 FF 2A
63 51 47  |  E9 FF DB  |  00 80 00  |  FF 99 66  |  E4 D9 6F  |  FF FF FF  |  DF 73 FF  |  FF 68 1F

Names, according to Some Website Or Other:

Irresistible | Lilac | Green Sheen | Nickel | Isabelline | Arylide yellow | Arylide yellow | Asparagus
Fire opal | Darksalmon | Puce red | Deep saffron | Carrot orange | Amethyst | Timberwolf | Bistre brown
Electric ultramarine | Avocado | Independence | Heliotrope | Electric ultramarine | Nickel | Honeydew | Nyanza
Nickel | Yellow | Dark lava | Amaranth pink | Liberty | Yellow Orange | Icterine | Burgundy
Camel | Tumbleweed | Fashion fuchsia | Eggshell | Denim | Thistle | Neon green | Wild orchid
Inchworm | Harlequin | Oldlace | Steel Teal | Nyanza | Harlequin | Skobeloff | Rose Dust
Cadmium orange | Iris | Old rose | Honeydew | Tangerine | English red | Indigo | Spring Frost
Umber | Nyanza | Green | Atomic tangerine | Straw | White | Heliotrope | Orange-red

Nothing leaps out at me on looking at any of the above, but I haven't looked very hard.

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  • $\begingroup$ Your bother is not pointless (and I'm sorry that this puzzle is much bother than fun, I thought it was a well constructed one...) $\endgroup$ – Hunter Nov 1 '19 at 7:24
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not saying it's more bother than fun! I'm just saying that if this is the first step then there's not much fun to that. (I got a computer to do it.) Figuring out how to get from this to an actual answer may well be fun. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Nov 1 '19 at 10:56
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    $\begingroup$ I hereby vow to use the word 'scutwork' in everyday conversation as often as possible from this day forwards...! $\endgroup$ – Stiv Nov 3 '19 at 0:34

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