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Im Not A Good Catholic

June 21st, 2019

Im Not A Good Catholic

Yesterday someone said to me "I'm not a Catholic and your pictures stop me'. Meaning that my pictures speak to them.


Likewise, others say to me "I'm not a good Catholic". Meaning that because they feel they're far from living how they think a Catholic should, that my pictures inspire them to do better.


The truth is, my pictures are not only for Catholic's, and many of the 'good' Catholic's that I meet often feel they fall short of God's will.


God's will ultimately is that we depend on Him. So work to depend on God more and all is good.


So, don't be so hard on yourselves. Have some hope.


The fastest way to success is to replace bad habits with good habits. One at a time. Don't make your expectations too high.


I do this work because I believe that society needs pictures, through works of art, that are examples of goodness and hope.


I call this 'pictures people listen to'.


So now that we've got all of that out of the way, click the links below and buy yourself some inspiration.


Oh, by the way, I'll be doing a pricing increase sometime in September. So now is a good time to acquire your favorites with a 'discount' from the new prices.


Any questions, hit reply and let me know.



Frank J Casella Artwork Collections

https://frankjcasella.pixels.com/art


Catholic Art Gallery Artist Group

https://pixels.com/groups/catholic-art-gallery.html


Photo: 'Symbols - Jesus With Us' by Frank J Casella - reference link to artwork https://frankjcasella.pixels.com/featured/symbols-jesus-with-us-frank-j-casella.html==

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Catholic Wedding Cards by Frank J Casella

June 13th, 2019

Catholic Wedding Cards by Frank J Casella

Ring of Faith


Just like wedding rings join husband and wife in their marriage commitment, a human ring joins people together in their commitment of faith.


Like Saint (Mother) Teresa says,

" If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. "


In other words, the way to love God is to love other people. Faithfulness.



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In line with my mission of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God 's Love through my Catholic Faith, shop Greeting Cards and enter into the keyword box ' catholic ' or ' wedding ' or ' love ', etc.

You can imprint up to 500 words inside the card and we can mail it for you. Click on the card of your choice for more information.

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Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful day!

Frank


Frank J Casella Photographs


'Pictures That Share Hope and God's Love in the World'

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Father In Prayer

June 11th, 2019

Father In Prayer

Learning how to pray and have faith keeps us from being self centered. To be thankful for blessings, and for trusting God, the Creator, for things we hope for beyond our own control.



Praying also helps us to be outward serving and, personally, I'm blessed when I see the impact and results from serving others without expecting anything in return.



In Catholic family life, it is the Mother who nurtures, and the Father who sets the tone, when all things fall into place.



A well-known Swiss study reveals that when the father brings his family to church, more so than the mother, the children continue to go to church when they become adults.



I grew up with my father as the spiritual leader in the home. Mom nurtured this, and today I'm so grateful to have and to know Jesus Christ.



The family that prayes together really does stay together.




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A beautiful collection of images inspired by father and child. Many Fathers, whether they know it or not, are at the center of their kids world.


Depicting the loving bond between a father and child, or the things a dad loves, these photographs are sure to captivate art lovers all over the world, and speak to the child in all of us and remind us of how it felt to spend time with the greatest man in our lives.


If you are thinking of getting a gift for your dad or husband for Fathers Day, consider artwork depicting some of the things he loves most - besides you, of course.


Cater to his inner sportsman with fishing, hunting or sports - themed artwork. Help him live his passions with depictions of golfing, cars or boats.


Remind him of his youth with landscapes from urban to nature or vintage scenes from his childhood that he may have had with his own Father.



Fathers Day is June 16th. Place your order right away to insure delivery in time.


He is the greatest man in your life.


He is also the most difficult man in the world to shop for...



Fatherhood Greeting Cards



Fatherhood Wall Art






Thanks for reading. Have an enjoyable weekend!

Frank


Frank J Casella Photographs


'Pictures That Share Hope and God's Love in the World'



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Frank J Casella Digital Connection

June 8th, 2019

Frank J Casella Digital Connection

I'm Frank J Casella, an American photographer living in Chicagoland - USA. Pictures speak in ways that words can not. Since I was a kid, I've been perfecting how to put my viewer where my subject is - I call this "Pictures People Listen To".


I'm also co-founder of Chicago Catholic Men's Forum, and Executive Director of Catholic Men Chicago Southland. I believe when you foster a man in holiness, the positive adjustments he makes with his life can have an impact three generations deep.


I'm a product of Columbia College Chicago and, shortly after, my childhood dream became reality when I was assigned to photograph the ministry of the (Roman Catholic) Archbishop of Chicago - the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.


My artwork style is inspired by Norman Rockwell. I'm privileged to be nurtured by John H. White - Pulitzer Prize photojournalist.







My Life Mission:

Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”
- Luke 9:62




Testimonials:

"Frank Casella, of Photographically Speaking, is like an Old World artist, creative yet meticulous, inspired yet careful, in awe of visual beauty yet not afraid to engage it through the lens of his camera. .... Frank Casella's work is what we mean when we say that photography can be an art".

-- Rev. Anthony J. Brankin, Chicago Priest and Sculpture


"Frank, I just wanted to Thank you again for coming to our photo club and your program on visual storytelling. I know we all got something from your presentation. It was a good idea the way you got us involved in your program. ....

.... For myself it was humbling to see how well you can design a moment to last forever. And your sense of getting the essence of the subject, that simple moment. I have a new respect for black and white images and I understand how it can enhance an image. Thank You again Frank it was a privilege for us to have you as a program presenter."

-- Tim McGrath, c/o Park Forest Photography Club


“Frank, Great Work and great job on your Website. Your work is thoughtful and good and you are an excellent Godly man and photographer”.

– James Klein Lenderink





Sign up for my e-mail list:

If you would like to see new artworks released, and website blog entries, sign up here for my Mailing List delivered a few times a week ... Direct to your inbox! Unsubscribe at any time. I no longer post my stuff to social media.


To that end, here are positive reasons why I post primarily on my own site, not on social media:


1. Having a home

This site is a creative outlet for me and my works. When I want you to know something, I'm going to talk about it here, both with pictures and with words. This is where you'll be able to find me over time and space. This is my home.

People in my old neighborhood used to just drop by to sit on the front porch and catch up; this site serves the same purpose for me. It's something we can depend on so we can always be in contact.


2. Internet citizenship

This is called the "web" because our sites all interconnect with links. Hyperlinking is what gives the Internet its richness. Following links has helped me learn so much, and give back. My own blog site lets me do that.




Where To Find Me Online:

Join My Photography Mailing List Free. Unsubscribe at any time.

Subscribe to My Newsletter for Chicago Catholic Men

Follow My Photography Page on LinkedIn

Check out my concept pictures and projects, and articles, at frankjcasella.ipernity.com.

If you find an image there that you'd like to see for sale here, drop me a note.


View My hometown photo project 'Home Sweet Homewood 1 Day' at homewood1day.wordpress.com



Come back here to shop My website, bookmark shop.frankjcasella.com

Search My Stock Photos on LicensingPixels.com


Drop me an E-mail and say hello. (Phone calls by appointment made via email.)




See my photos featured in the PENTAX Photogallery



View the Frank J Casella Photographer Page on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/company/frankjcasellaphoto



“As a photographer, the big secret is entering into the charisma with the person you have in front of you. If you don't feel it, you'll never do it well.” ~ ARTURO MARI
, Vatican photographer



Celebrating Fatherhood

May 25th, 2019

Celebrating Fatherhood

A beautiful collection of images inspired by father and child. Many Fathers, whether they know it or not, are at the center of their kids world.


Depicting the loving bond between a father and child, or the things a dad loves, these photographs are sure to captivate art lovers all over the world, and speak to the child in all of us and remind us of how it felt to spend time with the greatest man in our lives.


If you are thinking of getting a gift for your dad or husband for Fathers Day, consider artwork depicting some of the things he loves most - besides you, of course.


Cater to his inner sportsman with fishing, hunting or sports - themed artwork. Help him live his passions with depictions of golfing, cars or boats.


Remind him of his youth with landscapes from urban to nature or vintage scenes from his childhood that he may have had with his own Father.



Fathers Day is June 16th.


He is the greatest man in your life.


He is also the most difficult man in the world to shop for...



Fatherhood Greeting Cards



Fatherhood Wall Art






Thanks for reading. Have an enjoyable weekend!

Frank


Frank J Casella Photographs


'Pictures That Share Hope and God's Love in the World'



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Voice of Reason

May 16th, 2019

Voice of Reason

A Person who has a voice of reason is one who influences others to act sensibly. Reason is the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic.

I've come to believe, as a photographer, people need images that are examples of reason and logic. This is why, for example, the late Norman Rockwell had such a wonderful career.

Rockwell has said "My fundamental purpose is to interpret the typical American. I am a story teller". Many people resonated with his illustrations, including his series on The Four Freedoms. His pictures served as a voice of reason for many.

Rockwell was influenced by many artists and most notably Rembrant. Pictures of human behavior has been illustrated over the years, and more so now with the digital camera, smartphone, and Instagram trend have exhibited reality like never before.

Since I was a kid I've always studied people and body language, in college I studied Rockwell and Renoir, and Edward Steichen, and since 1988 my business has specialized in producing and selling this kind of visual storytelling pictures.

My subjects and goal is to bring goodness and hope, and my pictures include people, sunlight and shadows, personality portraits, whimsically expressive subjects, dog behavior, faith and prayer, all to be a voice of reason to the masses.

Through the language of art I'm trying to express my passion for transforming our good intentions in life by explaining human behavior and right-action.

I invite you to take some time the next few days to study my pictures and seek the life story each one speaks about to you.


Enjoy your day!

Frank



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New - Shop Collections

April 26th, 2019



Just in time for Mother's Day...


... gift cards are now available for purchase on Pixels.com, a Fine Art America Company!

If you have friends and family members who need new artwork for their walls... but you're not sure what to buy them... give them a gift card!

Gift cards can be purchased in any denomination and in multiple currencies (e.g. U.S. Dollar, British Pound, Euro, Yen, etc.)

When you purchase a gift card, it gets delivered to you instantly via e-mail as a PDF attachment.You can then print the PDF to create your own gift card or simply forward it on to the recipient as an e-gift.

Our unique gift card configuration allows you to include the name of the recipient plus a gift message right on the card!



CREATE YOUR OWN GIFT CARD


Give the gift of art... from the world's greatest living artists and photographers!






New! Shop Collections ....

Frank J Casella Shop design on PIXELS now features collections.

Check it out here. Purchase canvas prints, framed prints, and more featuring artwork from Frank J Casella. Click on your options on the left side panel between products and pictures. Have Fun!!






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Without our Mother's none of us would every be born. Thank your Mother, whether living or through prayer, for the gift of Life.


Happy Mother's Day!

Frank J Casella,
Photographically Speaking
"Speak .... Without Saying A Word"

FrankJCasella.com




Local peeps, remember to ship your prints to The Art Corner or The Great Frame Up in Homewood, IL., mention my name, and save a bundle. Fine Art America will ship your print(s) rolled in a tube.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Artwork by Catholic Art Gallery - Artist Group

April 15th, 2019

Notre Dame Cathedral Artwork by Catholic Art Gallery - Artist Group

Friends,

This is an historic day for the world and the Catholic Faith, as Notre Dame Cathedral burns. This iconic structure has taken two centuries to build, and it burned in a mater of a couple hours.


I invite you to view images of this historic treasure by the artists of Fine Art America and the Catholic Art Gallery - Artist Group.

You may also use the share buttons on the page found on the side panel with your friends and followers (or hit your email forward button).


So may people have visited this Cathedral, or wanted to. This is when artwork preserves history, and the beauty created by many hands.


Please keep this moment in time, and the people involved, in your prayers.






Thank you, and a blessed Holy Week to you.

Frank J Casella, Photographer
Group Administrator





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Reflecting On Lent

April 13th, 2019

Reflecting On Lent

When we stare at the Crucifix … long enough


…. our lives become more about Love


… and less about us.






“ Prayer is a crucible in which our expectations and aspirations are exposed to the light of God ’s Word, immersed in dialogue with the One who is the Truth, and from which they emerge free from hidden lies and compromises with various forms of selfishness (cf. Spe Salvi, n. 33). Without the dimension of prayer, the human “ I ” ends by withdrawing into himself, and the conscience, which should be an echo of God ’s voice, risks being reduced to a mirror of the self, so that the inner conversation becomes a monologue, giving rise to self-justifications by the thousands. ”

– 2008 Pope Benedict XVI





May the the message of Christ's Passion, and the blessing of Holy Week, bring you into a new conversion of the Faith.

Frank


Visit my gallery collection of Catholic Subjects



'Pictures That Share Hope and God's Love in the World'



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Contribute

April 9th, 2019

Contribute

Thank you for reading, and subscribing to, my art blog. The contribution you make doing this is priceless.


Delivered free, weekly, now for a half-decade. You can subscribe at no cost by email, by following this blog on Twitter, and on LinkedIn, and best of all, by RSS.


There are no ads, and never have been. No guest posts, of course not. No one can buy a referral. No affiliate revenue either ... or data mining.


I write every word, with you in mind. I do not get how outsourcing something this personal, when you give me the privilege of your attention, would resonate.


The secret to writing a weekly blog is to write every single week (used to be every month). And to post it and publish it. There are no other secrets.


The blog doesn't exist to get you to buy a picture … though sometimes I think I make pictures so people get to read the blog.


I haven't missed a month in a long time – being committed to sharing something like this is most meaningful. I know there are typos, and I am not good with grammar. I hope they are rare and I work to fix them.


Over time, the blog becomes a collection. People remember a message from one post or another a year after I wrote it. The blog or pictures resonates with people in so many ways, they use the search box for learning, I am surprised often - and touched by - what my readers tell me.


It is true that I would write this blog even if no one read it, so thank you for reading it, it is more interesting that way. There are always more than five-hundred subscribers who come and go (with an incredible click-open rate), and, best I can tell, people read this from all over the world.


Some of you have told me that you would like a way to contribute to what we are doing here in a monetary way instead of, or in addition to, purchasing my artwork. Just like you might go to a movie theater, or a concert, or an art gallery and pay to be moved by the experience but take home nothing tangible .... only the memories and moments.


If so, you can do that by credit / debit card and by paypal. And know that the words ' thank you ' do not begin to describe how I am very grateful for your doing this!


God bless you in a special way and where you need it most!

Frank


PS. In the future, to find this page just visit the blog and enter into the search box 'contribute' or 'support' or 'donate' and you'll find it.


PPS. If it's a stretch, please don't feel obligated to send me anything. It is for you that I keep everything free. Others of you may want to make a subscription - to do this click the box 'Make this a monthly donation'.

Support is a more accurate description than subscriptions (I'm not a tax deduction; in fact, I pay income taxes on everything you send me!). Again, you don't need to support me to read anything. And paying for a subscription gets you nothing other than my ability to keep the inspiration flowing, writing and making pictures even more.



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