Creative Hop, June 14, 2014

Mexican artist Octavio Ocampo’s paintings need a second glance. You may have missed the visual trick of the eye, as well as the two meanings that flip back and forth.

Family of birds © Octavio Ocampo

Family of birds © Octavio Ocampo

Our visual systems focus on objects we recognize easily first. You may not have noticed the young woman in this scene. Or you may have seen the woman first and had to wait for the birds to come into focus.

Sunlight's Kiss ©Octavio Ocampo

Sunlight’s Kiss ©Octavio Ocampo

According to his biography, “He works primarily in the metamorphic style – using a technique of superimposing and juxtaposing realistic and figurative details within the images that he creates.


Ecstacy of the Lillies © Octavio Ocampo

Ocampo lives and works in Tepoztlan, north of Mexico City. Tepoztlan is the equivalent of Sedona–considered by many to be magical. 

Marc Thomasset is a designer and a journaler. He got tired of the rigidity of a lined journal and created one of his own so he could. . . draw outside the lines.

the-inspiration-pad-by-tm-marc-thomasset-7It’s called the Inspiration Pad. And if the one above is too tame for you, you can always write in one that looks like a topographic map:


Have a creative weekend!

–Quinn McDonald would have loved to hear the marketing pitch for the journal above.