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Sunshine Post :: artPause

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hello, dear readers. Inherent in the mission statement of The Bright Side Project is the unspoken belief that to “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” is an absolutely essential component in creating a happy and healthy lifestyle. Every now and then, we will ask our contributors to answer a few short questions on the ideas of happiness, creativity and sunshine. We hope these rays of light help inspire you to find the sunshine in your day, today and everyday.

Today we are honored to introduce you to Michael from artPause.

Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Hello, my name is Michael Tompsett. After twelve years highly enjoyable years working as a graphic designer for Conde Nast Publications in London, I decided to dedicate myself full time to what was previously a hobby, namely creating and selling my own artwork. As a result I founded my company artPause.  It’s been an exhilarating journey and artPause is now selling on Etsy, Amazon, Notonthehighsteet and eBay among others. I’ve also recently been working with some major high street retailers, so hopefully my designs will reach even larger audiences.

We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I can certainly agree with that philosophy. I’ve always enjoyed being creative, so to be able to work doing something I love is pretty special.  Of course it’s not always laughter and joy, it takes a lot of hard work and at times it can be frustrating, but every morning I wake looking forward to working, even at weekends!

Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

Nature is beautiful, but I’m not referring to just how things look. It’s the sheer complexity and wonder of how everything came to be and how everything works. I guess I’m really talking about science, like physics, chemistry and biology, the creativity of nature. I find it fascinating, and if i wasn’t an artist I think I would have enjoyed being a scientist. In terms of inspiration, bizarrely I have some of my best ideas whilst doing mundane things like the shopping or driving somewhere, typically any time when I don’t have a pen and paper handy.

On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Play with the cats, it’s the perfect de-stresser and things never seem so dreary afterwards.

At this very moment, what are you most grateful for?

I’m grateful for the support my wife gives me, grateful that artPause has been successful and grateful that I am doing something I love.

Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from artPause!

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