Fam·i·ly (fm-l, fml)
- pl. fam·i·lies
‘Family’ is a single word, with many different meanings. People have many ways of defining a family and what being a part of a family means to them.
Families differ in terms of economic, cultural, social, and many other ways, but what every family has in common is that the people who call it a family are making clear that those people are important in some way to the person calling them his family.
The dictionary defines family in several ways. One definition is “a fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.”
While this definition is a good starting point, there are several modern family structures that are excluded by this definition, such as childless couples or other variations on the family unit.
Another definition is “Two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another and reside usually in the same dwelling.”
Today, children are also often raised in single parent homes, by grandparents or by gay parents.
Some families opt to have no children, or cannot have children.
The idea that parents and children make a family is a basic definition; however, in order to accurately acknowledge other family structures, a broader definition is necessary.
In addition to a more universal family definition, there are also plenty of people who consider a group of friends to be family, and adults who consider pets as defining members of the family unit.
Rather than simply defining family by a dictionary definition, each individual should look to define a family by his or her own standards, enriching the dictionary’s definition.
You can have several families in your lifetime, even several families at once if you choose.
Regardless of how you choose to define your family unit, your definition should be the one that works for you.
As the saying goes, “Family is what you make it.” Whether made of blood relatives, friends, or pets, or a combination of these, your family can offer you the support you need to thrive.
Family is love and acceptance of who we are as individuals.The project:
The project consists in a collection of portraits of families, anyone that defines their group as a family, is eligible to have a portrait done and included in the project.
Watercolor paper drawn with pencil and colored with watercolor.
The drawing will be black and white, and there will be a feature of one color. The collection of drawings will eventually be arranged by color into a rainbow.
There will eventually be an exhibition and an edition of books with all the portraits.
I will charge £100 for the original drawn portrait, this covers materials time and the support for the project of children’s books www.somefamilies.net.
If you really want your family to be featured on the project but money is an issue, i can charge £50 for a copy of the portrait, in this case, i will retain the original until you can pay the full price.
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