Give it up for Fun-A-Day! Because of some very dedicated artists in Philly who started a group called the Artclash Collective eight years ago, I will take the challenge to produce a daily piece of art for the month of January.
Unfortunately, Houston hasn’t organized a show for participating artists. But there will be shows in many other major cities in February, so keep a look out for them. And shoot me an email if you want to organize one here!
I chose to do a 12×16″ Portrait-A-Day: the idea is to draw a human rights activist each day and then paint them through out 2012. No.1 is Manal al-Sharif, a women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia who helped start the Women’s Right to Drive Campaign in 2011.
After filming herself driving as part of the campaign, Al-Sharif was arrested and released twice on the conditions that she wouldn’t drive any longer and wouldn’t talk to the press.
Manal al-Sharif graduated from King Abdulaziz University with a Bachelor of Science in computing and now works as an Internet Security Consultant for Saudi Aramco, the Saudi national oil company. She has a five-year-old son. See more on her facebook page, Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself.