Mood Picture

Oscar Bluemner believed that color could communicate emotions. This painting shows trees and houses underneath a sky painted in a shade of red called vermilion. Bluemner loved this color and thought it symbolized energy, power, and life. He also believed that yellow was a symbol of light and warmth, and that black represented sadness. What emotions do these colors symbolize to you?

How are you feeling right now? Choose four emotions. For example, happy, calm, bored, amused, scared, grumpy, excited, curious. Next, pick four colors that could represent those emotions. Look around your home or out of a window at a view that expresses your mood at the moment. Use the colors that you chose to draw or paint that view.

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Oscar Bluemner, A Situation in Yellow, 1933. Oil on canvas, 36 × 50 1/2 in. (91.4 × 128.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Nancy and Harry L. Koenigsberg  67.66

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