Rebecca Ewing: Color Speaks to Us

Rebecca Ewing hallucinates for a living.

She is a designer and colorist who imagines how this color will look there; how that fabric will look on this sofa, and how these roof shingles will look that with that brick.

Rebecca taught color and design at the Art Institute of Atlanta, and taught color workshops from Canada to New Zealand (bungy jumped, too). She forecasts color trends—helping determine what color toothbrush or waste basket you’ll be able to buy in two years.

“Color speaks to us and it speaks for us—our resonance and what we’re attracted to. It affects our perception, our energy level and the way people respond to us.” ~Rebecca Ewing

Listen to Rebecca’s Art as Worship interview on Empower Radio.

Paint manufacturers say that nearly 40% of consumer paint sales are within a week of a first purchase—to repaint a color gone bad. With thirty-five years of experience, Rebecca helps her clients get it right the first time.

Rebecca said her spirituality always finds expression in her art. She says, “I have come to believe that prayer isn’t just the one where we say ‘Dear God’ at the beginning. It is what we’re thinking and what we’re saying all day long.”

In teaching, speaking and writing, Rebecca encourages others to express themselves creatively. She comments, “Anything worth doing well is worth doing badly at first. You’re not going to learn anything if you’re not doing something wrong. Be willing to do it wrong and do it poorly to get to the point where you’re satisfied with your results. Play with it.”

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Listen each Wednesday at 9am Eastern on Empower Radio to hear another artist’s story. Share your art and your comments on the Art as Worship Facebook page. Namaste!

5 comments on “Rebecca Ewing: Color Speaks to Us

  1. “hallucinates for a living” – great analogy! My creative process has been fairly accurately compared to synesthesia (stimulation of one sense prompting a response from another sense).

    I focused on color as emotional triggers in one of my latest pieces, The Eight Portraits of Joseph. Each portrait is a color representing the emotion of that phase in Joseph’s life. Together, the portraits create a rainbow, alluding to the coat given him by Jacob. I’d love an objective critique on my use of color!

  2. I love the idea and color choices of your painting, as well as the explanation on your blog behind each “chapter.” I’ve forwarded your critique request to Rebecca. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you for the encouraging review, Rebecca!

    The red portrays the period where Joseph was enslavered. First sold to the Ishmaelites by his brothers, then sold to Potipher in Egypt. I chose a dark-hued red for this portrait to represent the anger I imagine Joseph felt for being forced into that situation. Red is indicative of anger, adding black to create a darker hue adds weight to imply the burden this anger was for Joseph since it was directed toward his family.

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