As part of the Purposeful Dreamer Experience, each Dreamer will be sharing their creative experience in two phases.
First, the beginning of their creative journey. Their background, feelings and experiences inspiring their creativity to bring you to the second phase which will be their final art piece and the closure of their purposeful Dreamer Experience. If you would like to learn more about the Purposeful Dreamer Experience, Click Here.
Each dreamer was given a set of questions in an effort to understand their creative process coming from many different backgrounds, ages and ethnicities. Our goal is to inspire YOU to explore your creativity and the benefits it can provide no matter where you are in life.
Today’s Purposeful Dreamer is the LAST of the 9 First Purposeful Dreamers going thru the PURPOSEFUL DREAMER EXPERIENCE!
It was back in April 29th, 2020 when I put my heart out in an email to my closest friends and family asking them to join me in this challenge, I feel so thankful and excited to share this last journey with you as we move to the next Chapter of Purposeful Dreamer with our art work and the causes we will be supporting!
I am honored to present to you, Purposeful Dreamer Chip Hines!
Chip the best grandpa and father in law anyone could ask for! As an immigrant, 12 years ago with a still thick accent, they were the first American family I truly really got to know, when I met my husband Cal, I didn’t just fall in love with him but with his amazing family.
Chip and Mary Ann are the foundation of what a loving American family is all about, they are the most inclusive, loving and smartest people I know, hardworking and caring. They raised two amazing human beings and opened their hearts to allow me to be part of their family.
He may be one of the smartest people I know, but also one of the kindest, with a big heart and a great mentor to our family who always has our backs. He has taught us and supported us so much in the last decade of our lives as new parents, new homeowners, new business owners and now is an amazing grandpa to our son.
His creative experience is really special and an example of what so many of us as creative beings can experience when pushing our creativity.
Did you enjoy drawing or coloring as a kid or even a young teenager until one day you decided you were not good enough to pursue it? Perhaps you decided one day you weren’t good enough to show it to others.
He also reminded me of the reason we began this experience in the first place, how the Purpose of our artwork allows us to push our creative boundaries and commit to the work and the process which will not only help ourselves reap the benefits of fostering our creativity but allow us to dream it will make a difference in someone else’s life.
We have been lucky to see Chip’s awesome creative side in such a loving way and I’m thrilled to highlight his talented work for the world to see!
Let’s begin with Chip’s background:
After a 37 career in project management, information technology and systems analysis with the federal government, I am now “retired” although my time is taken up by lifelong learning, community and family service and other personal pursuits.
What inspired you to create your piece of art for Purposeful Dreamer?
I’ve had such great positive feedback in things that I felt were not important but I so enjoyed doing them. For example, doing individualized greeting card decoration for various family events that have been appreciated. During an interesting time in which we had new pets, I wrote a humorous blog about our adventures that many people liked. The process/approach used in the Purposeful Dreamer has encouraged me to address my own issues and show my work. The art I have decided to show via Purposeful Dreamer is some personalized greeting card art photography as well as creative writing.
Was there something creative you really enjoyed as a kid or as a teenager and you no longer do?
I was raised in a creative arts extended family, and although I enjoyed being a part of this, I didn’t think I was able to do this work myself, especially considering the range and strength of artistic talent in my family. I always felt it was inside me, but something blocked it from coming out. I tended to try one thing after another, and if it didn’t turn out perfect at the start, I got depressed and moved on. I spent much of my life supporting and encouraging other creative people but didn’t do much myself. I did learn a lot and showed promise in a variety of areas such as writing, design, photography, but always stayed in the background.
What feelings of the creative process have you experienced this far?
Fear and doubt do come to mind. I am very critical of my work, and showing it outside my immediate family is a big step.
What do you hope to gain from your creative experience?
Commitment to the work and to the process. Meditation and motivation as well as letting go of my issues and need for confirmation – doing the work for its own sake as well as for my personal joys and accomplishments.
Each of these pieces has a special story behind them, and a very special purpose of giving back to something bigger than themselves and challenging themselves to nourish their creative side.