I’ve been meaning to share Arian Armstrong’s work with you all for a while now. Her art has been growing an ever bigger place in my heart and as I go to write this Friday Feature that place swells even more. Arian’s work really hit home for me about 3 weeks ago when I was going through my feed reader. Before I could read what the post was about I saw the first image and it captivated me.
“My hopes are weapons I’m still learning how to use right.” stood out so strongly to me. It was a statement so true to my heart. I’m a big dreamer and right now in my life it’s a daily struggle to keep my hopes in check. I can be quite impatient which can get me down when I think things aren’t going as well as they should be but then usually my husband or my grandpa remind me that I’ve barely started my journey! So I am constantly trying to learn how to use those hopes and dreams as motivators and not measurements! I carried Arian’s image around in my head all day and even every day since then it comes to mind at least once a day. It is so potent.
So I knew I wanted to share her work with you all but I’ve been mulling over why her work is so powerful not only to me personally but in general. As I began to pick out the images I wanted to share I found my answer. Arian Armstrong’s work has a quite yet powerful tenderness that is refreshing and honest. Her work goes beyond cute and playful into a world of honesty and openness that as a viewer it’s hard not to fall in love with the characters and the message she shares.
Don’t just take my word for it. If any of these pieces speak to you I encourage you to continue to look at her work and find the one that needs to go home with you! I know as soon as I can I’ll be getting the “My Hopes” print for my studio space. You can check out her Etsy Shop, Facebook Page and Blog.
Do you have any artwork in your home that you really emotionally connect with? What is it and why does it speak so strongly to you?