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Lord God of peace, hear our prayer

June 2nd, 2020

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: "Never again war!"; "With war everything is lost". Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.

Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words "division", "hatred" and "war" be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be "brother", and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!

Amen.


Photo: Votive Candle with Cross - Copyright 2016 Frank J Casella


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Answers to Your Questions About My Special Program

May 22nd, 2020

Answers to Your Questions About My Special Program

Answers to Your Questions
By Frank J Casella, Photographer

Since I have introduced my discount program, some of you have asked similar questions. Here are the top four that I answer:

Why offer discounts?
My life mission is to share hope and God's Love in the World. Art is in the eye of the beholder. People have told me how they, in their mind, hold onto my pictures, but can't afford to own it. Others can affort my works, and in an online marketplace a disount helps them to make the decision to buy it. When somone offers me a bundle of money for one of my pictures, I'm not silly and accpet it (and donate most of it back into the economy). My ultimate goal is not what price you pay, but what it is about my work that makes it priceless to you.

"The only thing we take with us when we die, is what we have given away" - Francis Cardinal George


Is this not a race to the bottom?
Well you would think that by offering discounts turns Art into a commodity. Short of the long, business in the digital world has disrupted and transformed how we buy and sell Art. Art galleries have always been limited on what they can offer. A photographer, unlike a painter, can produce images at rapid speed, and the printing process likewise can produce it. The online gallery, like Fine Art America / Pixels, are like the Ford assembly line of the modern day. In other words Art is like cars, when Henry Ford was able to mass produce his cars, and with many of the popular features of his competitor, he was able to lower his prices compared to the others. Today with cars this is taken for granted. However, Art websites other than Fine Art America (FAA) have fixed bottom floor pricing for all artists, and this is why the free market system for independent artists on FAA works for everyone. Again, business in the digital world has disrupted and transformed how we buy and sell Art.


Why do you provide discount codes so we can pick the artwork?
Each week I feature an artistic photograph. Then each Friday I will Email this new selection for the week. Also, I will post select images through the week with the latest from my camera - subscribe to the Email list and then look in the Email when you get it for the special subscriber discount code. When available I will also play on the free shipping provided by FAA/Pixels especially during the Christmas shopping season. This is done in a predictable way so the people who can most use the discounts need to budget for the purchase, and I don't want them to go into credit card debt with a surprise offer. Such as how Zig Ziglar says: “Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, and no trust.” and that “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons".


Where can I find you on social media?
More often than not, I post my articles to social media rather than images directly, as well as post the artist groups I curate (due to copyright issues). I have a LinkedIn Page, a Tumblr feed, and the best you can do is to subscribe to my mailing list. Plus, if you have an account on my official website you'll see my stuff in your activity feed. Because it takes a lot of deep work to create inspiring Art, my philosophy has become that social media is a tool for when something is working, not a tactic that causes it to work. So many people who are moved by my photographs share it on social media. This has taken years to develop and I am most grateful ... many hands make work light.

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God give you peace,
Frank J Casella

Frank J Casella Photographs


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



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Prayers of a Mother

May 1st, 2020

Prayers of a Mother

Prayers of a Mother by Frank J Casella


Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication. In the narrow sense, the term refers to an act of supplication or intercession directed towards a deity, or a deified ancestor.

Prayer, I believe, is what keeps a person together, a family together, and a nation together. The power of prayer is evident when we believe and then experience it in our own lives. There was no better model for prayer than Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

There is nothing like the power of prayer, and the powerful prayers of a Mother, they do not go to waste. The first example of prayer that Mary gave us was saying ' yes ' to bring Jesus into the world, and then how she looked to Jesus throughout his short life on earth.

We could not have Jesus without Mary. Her womb is called the first tabernacle.

The month of May is devoted to Mary in the Catholic Church. Though you may think, if you are not Catholic, that we pray to Mary to answer our prayers. Rather we pray for her to intercede to Jesus, just like we may ask a friend to pray for us, or pray to a deceased family member as I do with my own late parents to intercede my prayers. And who better to ask to supplicate to Jesus than his own Mother.

The pope has asked in a special way this year ' Let us rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home during May! At the end of each Rosary, we can recite a prayer asking for Marys intercession, that the Lord might free us from this pandemic and life might serenely resume its normal course ' here.

There is nothing like the prayers of a Mother. This month, let us not only make it a time to remember our own Mother in prayer, but I invite you to join me in praying these prayers from the pope.


Keeping you and your family in prayer.

Frank

PS: My colleague artists have created some wonderful artwork of Mary, and more, that that you can browse in the Catholic Art Gallery - Artist Group on Pixels ( Fine Art America ) I curate.


Photo: 'Love and Devotion' Copyright 2010 Frank J Casella


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Feeding Our Habits by Frank J Casella

April 23rd, 2020

Feeding Our Habits by Frank J Casella

Habits are an important part of our lives, when put in right perspective. Just like in the business world, systems are another word for business habits. It is said the fastest way to success in life, is to replace bad habits with good habits.

Asa Catholic man, I know that whatever I feed my brain is what forms my habits. Our Faith promotes through the sacraments a method to develop the good habit of study and living the scriptures everyday.

The daily readings feed us like a dinner plate of different foods: Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and prayers for adoration and supplication. But we have to develop the habits and spend time with it each day, and then practice it in our lives. Baby steps lead to walking our spiritual journey with the Lord.

When we make the decision to go off this path, and do things in our own thinking, it is known as sin. Feeding our habits with things like pornography, too much booze, abuse of others verbally or physically, or getting sucked into the drama of things shared on social media, can take us to a visit with our priest for confession. The good thing is that God is a God of second chances.

But the thing about second chances is we have to make the corrections so that we don’t keep going back. As Henry Ford once said, “Failure is an opportunity to begin again, only more intelligently”. Our shortcomings serve the purpose to embrace God and depend on His will for our lives.

Feeding our good habits, with Christ as the center of our lives, is what helps to transform our bad habits into virtues, and is what makes working towards being a saint is all about.

“Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us;
make our hearts burn while you speak to us.”




Photograph: Eggs With Steam – Copyright 2019 Frank J Casella


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Slowing Down

April 4th, 2020

Slowing Down

Put Things In Right Perspective


When I took my dog, Buddy, for a walk yesterday (somehow he always knows that time, even when the time changes), we went the usual path in the neighborhood. With the COVID-19 Virus in full bloom, and everyone inside with the stay-at-home guidelines, several of the homeowners stepped outside to say hello after seeing us walking by through their windows.

One woman, who also has a Golden, always loves to give Buddy a hug. She was very sad how she felt that she could not do this, even though pets do not seem to be on the ‘ social distancing ‘ list. I mentioned how we take that all for granted now, how touching others does more for humanity than we realize.

This woman, who is a professor at the University of Chicago, said in conversations with others are saying how ‘ Mother Nature is saying to slow down ‘.

To be honest with you, I have lost this perspective a bit. I think slowing down was the right message for me to hear. It always amazes me who or what God uses to help us put things into perspective, if we are willing to be aware of it.

So this got me to thinking, how next week is Holy Week and many of the ( Christian ) churches will not have any services .. something also taken for granted ..

In other words, God has a vision for each church that we would grow so much in our love for God that we would love people the way He loves them: unconditionally and passionately. To be filled up with His grace, truth, and purpose so that everything we do will reflect Him to those around us.

The picture at the link below, has a similar message in the description about slowing down and to put things in right perspective … if you have a few moments to read it.


Measuring Up To Jesus



Thanks for reading. A blessed Holy Week to you.

Frank


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

I invite you to view my collection of colorful uplifting photographs and gifts, and bring new light and life to your home and those you love. I produce and sell photographs of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world, through my Catholic Faith.

Frank J Casella Photographs Website



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High-Quality Thinking

April 4th, 2020

High-Quality Thinking

Since we are called to stay-at-home for the COVID-19 guidelines, many of us have extra time on our hands. Once we get the house cleaned until there is no more to do, and the garden in order, and whatever else, until we are faced with silence.

This leaves two options, either we scroll social media, or we do what we did before social media came around.

Thinking.

One of the things that has helped me to do this is to write my thoughts in a quality notebook that will last a generation or two, but you can also do this digital on a Free private blog tool like Tumblr or WordPress.com.

The important thing is to get started, because when we write our thoughts is helps us to know where we stand on things, and our children learn from this as well.

The journal is meant to be a record of achievement. That will, at times, include recognizing and charting failures. Write down your accomplishments and what you could have done better. Writing by hand has a proven effect on the brain.

Building things takes more time than taking them down.

I recognize how fortunate we are to have technology that allows us to go beyond physical isolation. The library building is closed for a time, but I can download books from there as well as other services. In an age of distraction, the notebook produces a rare commodity: high-quality thinking — the type of thinking that can make us a student of, and for, our own lives.

Writing down your thoughts forces you to clarify what you’re thinking and confront ambiguities or inconsistencies.

You can not check e-mail using a spiral-bound notebook.

Paper facilitates creative thinking.

It is said that if you start to spend an hour a day with your own thoughts, it will take up to sixty days before you remove all the clutter and eventually can start the hour thinking about yesterday and today! I have found this to be so true!

When it seems like there are fences in life, always live in faith and simplicity ... in what is known as the classroom of silence.

You will be amazed how much the world becomes a brighter place, for you, and for the others around you.

Our spiral notebooks are 6" x 8" in size and include 120 pages which are lined on both sides. The artwork is printed on the front cover which is made of thinck paper stock, and the back cover is medium gray in color. the inside of the back cover includes a pocket for storing extra paper and pens. Ships withing 2 - 3 business days and includes a 30-day money-back guarantee.



Thanks for reading.

Frank J Casella



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LENT 2020 Spiritual Spring Training

April 4th, 2020

LENT 2020 Spiritual Spring Training

Fasting

With this being the first Friday of Lent, I wand to focus on Fasting.

Looking at the imagery on the side panel, I'm reminded of the bareness of winter, yet also the beauty of it as well.

Please click on an image to the right and spend some quiet time to pull yourself into the peacefulness of fasting.


Looking for words to take this meaning of fasting a bit farther, I would like to share with you words of the spiritual spring training from the blog of Fr. Burke Masters, Chaplain for the Chicago Cubs.

"As we head into the third day of our spiritual spring training we focus on fasting. Athletes are asked to eat healthy and abstain from certain foods so that their bodies can be in the best condition possible. We too are asked to fast during Lent to help strengthen our wills, to avoid temptation and to grow in grace. However, fasting does not just pertain to food.....

... What is the point of fasting? It is meant to strengthen our will, so that we can better love God and our neighbor. Therefore, if your Lenten fast makes you grumpy or mean, change your fast. For example, if you give up coffee for Lent and it makes you cranky all day long, you might need to look for another fast. The point of fasting during Lent is not to endure some self-denial without the bigger goal of growing in love. Our goal is to be a saint in heaven one day. What will help me grow in holiness this Lent? For example, if I want to be a hall-of-fame baseball player and I am practicing a drill repeatedly that doesn’t improve my skills as a baseball player, I need to change the way I am practicing. Everything I do should lead me to be the best version of myself."


Read More on the Father Burke Masters Blog


More imagery for your Lenten contemplation, visit:

The Catholic Subject Gallery



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With Lent upon us, I want be more respectful of your time and to limit the blog post mails I send you to once a week, usually on Friday. There are several features that I send you every week and every month, and now I will be including all that apply in one weekly mail each Friday.

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This week, until next Friday, I am featuring the artwork here at rock bottom pricing - no discount code needed. Enjoy! [This includes all Wall Art: Canvas Prints, Framed Prints, Acrylic Prints, Metal Prints, Wood Prints, Prints and Posters, Tapestry, plus Greeting Carts and Phone Cases, and more!]



Thanks for reading, talk with you again real soon.

Frank


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

I invite you to view my collection of colorful uplifting photographs and gifts, and bring new light and life to your home and those you love. I produce and sell photographs of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world, through my Catholic Faith.

Frank J Casella Photographs Website



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Frank J Casella Digital Connection

March 29th, 2020

Frank J Casella Digital Connection

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

I've been a Documentary and Stock Photographer since 1988, and Independent Artist exclusively on Fine Art America since 2013. Though, I've had a camera in my hand since I was a young boy. I produce and sell pictures of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world, through my Catholic Faith.

I'm also co-founder of Chicago Catholic Men's Forum, and Executive Director of Catholic Men Chicago Southland, since 2004. When you foster a Man in holiness, the positive adjustments he makes creates a upstanding man, husband, or father, and this impact can be felt for three generations.

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.




Life Mission:

My life mission is to share hope and God's Love in the World. 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 .... 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, Commercial Photographer



Stay Connected:

If you would like to see new artworks released, latest promotions, and blog entries, sign up for my Mailing List - LIst.FrankJCasella.com - delivered one to three times a week ... Direct to your Email box! Unsubscribe at any time. I am very intentional about my use of social media....


To that end, here are positive reasons why I post primarily on my own blog or mailing list, not always 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 the picture descriptions and with the blogs. This is where you'll be able to find me over time and space. This is my home.

For example, 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:

I post articles on Linkedin when I have something to say, or a story to share, to contribute professional insights.

SundayLetters - A picture, a life topic, and latest blog entries or creative projects, always on Sunday about once or twice a month.

Official Website Email List - Latest photographs, promotions, and related posts from this blog..

CMCSVirtues - A Blog to Nurture Catholic Men's Spirituality


Follow my Photography Page on LinkedIn - Linkedin.FrankJCasella.com

Check out my personal pictures and projects at the Personal Work Collection - Photos.FrankJCasella.com.

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


View My hometown photo project 'Home Sweet Homewood 1 Day' at - Homewood1Day.FrankJCasella.com - moments in time photographs of Homewood, Illinois





Come back here to browse my website, and bookmark - FJCPhoto.FrankJCasella.com

Search My Stock Photos on www.licensing.frankjcasella.com


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



See my photos featured in the PENTAX Photogallery



“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


Lent - Joy and Peace

March 20th, 2020

Lent - Joy and Peace

Holy Adoration Altar


First, I would like to wish everyone on Happy Spring! At the link below are some images that I only wish were ' Scratch - N - Sniff ' so you can get the full aroma! They are all moved to the top here:

Browse through my Flowers and Trees Collection



Second, about the picture for this week:
Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, who is believed by Catholics to be present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host, in the form of hosts, that is, consecrated altar bread.

As a devotion, Eucharistic adoration and meditation are more than merely looking at the Blessed Host, but are believed to be a continuation of what was celebrated in the Eucharist. From a theological perspective, the adoration is a form of latria, based on the tenet of the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Host.

Whether you are Catholic or not, looking at this picture it is hard to argue the love for Jesus and the power of prayer these people illustrate. I've also included here the Crucifix for Lenten devotion.

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This week, until next Friday, I am featuring the artwork at this link at rock bottom pricing - no discount code needed. Enjoy!

[This includes all Wall Art: Canvas Prints, Framed Prints, Acrylic Prints, Metal Prints, Wood Prints, Prints and Posters, Tapestry, plus Greeting Carts and Phone Cases, and more!]



Finally, my recent article about the COVID-19 Virus. It got me to thinking since I wrote it how Social Distancing should really be called Physical Distancing .. because we need to be social even though farther apart. There seems to be a movement going in this direction.

Sunday Letters - Comfortable

Even though most of our churches are closed until further notice, we still have three weeks left of Lent. This is not a time to forget our spiritual lives. In fact, it is a time to grow deeper. So much until our focus is on love, the greatest of all the virtues. Jesus tells us that He can summarize all the Commandments with two – love God and love your neighbor.


Joy and Peace

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!

Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.

Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Phil 4: 4-7




Thanks for reading, and a meaningful lent to you.

Frank


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

I invite you to view my collection of colorful uplifting photographs and gifts, and bring new light and life to your home and those you love. I produce and sell photographs of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world, through my Catholic Faith.

Frank J Casella Photographs Website




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Menu For Lent 2020 by Frank J Casella

February 21st, 2020

Menu For Lent 2020 by Frank J Casella

Menu For Lent ~ Fast Or Feast



Lent is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is a period of 40 days of repentance, with prayer, fasting and abstinence, and Confession.

Lent begins on February 26, 2020, Ash Wednesday. Remember that “the act of putting on ashes symbolizes fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of God” (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, no. 125).



Fast for judging others; feast on Christ dwelling in them

Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of all life

Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify

Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude

Fast from anger; feast on patience

Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism

Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation

Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives

Fast from hostility; feast on non-resistance

Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness

Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others

Fast from discouragement; feast on hope

Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm

Fast from suspicion; feast on truth

Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast from promises that inspire

Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence

Fast from problems that overwhelm, feast on prayer that sustains




We live in time like never before of spiritual poverty, you don't have to look very far to see all of the confusion in our land. We have many faiths, places of worship, and the Holy Bible at our fingertips, yet we are at war in our own homes, anger and division is widespread. This is why I feel compelled that we all need to work together to bring us back to the fundamentals of the Founding Fathers of our country -- prayer.

So, I encourage you this Lent to join me in gazing at the crucifix praying the Lord's Prayer. To let these words each day absorb into our souls and transform our lives. May it guide us to make Christ the center of our lives even more than now.



The Lord’s Prayer.


9 “This is how you are to pray:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

10 your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

11 Give us today our daily bread;

12 and forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors;

13 and do not subject us to the final test,

but deliver us from the evil one.

14 If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.


Matthew 6:9


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With Lent coming up in a few days, I want be more respectful of your time and to limit the blog post mails I send you to once a week, usually on Friday. There are several features that I send you every week and every month, and now I will be including all that apply in one weekly mail each Friday.

If you know of someone who would like to get these mails not signed up yet, please send them this mail with your Forward button or Click here and send them the URL to that sign up page.




View the Feature of the Week Gallery

This week, until next Friday, I am featuring the artwork here at rock bottom pricing - no discount code needed. Enjoy! [This includes all Wall Art: Canvas Prints, Framed Prints, Acrylic Prints, Metal Prints, Wood Prints, Prints and Posters, Tapestry, plus Greeting Carts and Phone Cases, and more!]



Thanks for reading, talk with you again real soon.

Frank


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

I invite you to view my collection of colorful uplifting photographs and gifts, and bring new light and life to your home and those you love. I produce and sell photographs of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world, through my Catholic Faith.

Frank J Casella Photographs Website




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Welcome to Frank J Casella Artist Photography Blog

February 1st, 2020

Welcome to Frank J Casella Artist Photography Blog

Thank you for visiting blog for Frank J Casella Art Photographs. Pictures of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world.

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I've become passionate about designing my life around focused work and protecting my time from distraction and devices. After all, it's the only way to get any photography done.


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Burning Cloud - Photograph by Frank J Casella

January 22nd, 2020

Burning Cloud - Photograph by Frank J Casella

Burning Cloud - Landscape Art Photograph Copyright 2018 Frank J Casella


This moment in time reminds me of how, sometimes, I wish that I could just burn off the clouds over my head ( the weight on my shoulders ).

But then, I remind myself that it is through the storms of life that makes me a stronger person. Every successful person, whether a founder of a company, a Catholic Saint, a single parent, or the the person who's made the greatest impact on you, even if you have not met them but would like to someday if possible, have learned through their struggles.

The late Zig Ziglar, who you know I'm a big fan of, says:


"I never lose ... I either win or I learn."


When we go through storms, in life or with the weather, it's important for those of us who believe to remember to not so much talk to God about our storms, but rather to talk to the storm about our God.  In His time, and in His will, I can tell you that you will see things shift before your eyes.

Just like the picture above, all the things going on at the surface will burn off and rise up into the heavens. .... God will take it from us ... but we have to give it to Him first.

Yes, easier said than done ... The good news is the more you let go, the easier it gets. ... then the more God asks of us. It's ongoing, and we get more strong through it.



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Growing In Faith - Catholic Photograph by Frank J Casella

January 21st, 2020

Growing In Faith - Catholic Photograph by Frank J Casella

Growing In Faith

A Statue of the Holy Family sets an example, or symbol, of prayer and teaching the faith – how men and women should relate to one another in complementary ways and how important mothers and fathers are to children.

This statue says to me about structure in a few ways:

Firstly, look at the composition and body language of the figures on top. The details of their hair and body parts, and clothing. The expressions on their faces. A persons hands (artist) did all of this. All of these are types of structure.

Second, there is also the structure of the stand the statue is on top of, it’s size, the message ‘Growing In Faith’, and the shape being round to function with the form of the concrete slab below it, and I see the circular shape to be ever flowing .. how structure, as life itself, is always a work in progress.

Finally there is the unwritten message from this statue. The Holy Family as a model of the ideal family structure. Father, Mother, and Child(ren). How the roll of the family unit works to foster life and develop growing in faith.



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Threshold - Faith in the LIght of Dawn

January 20th, 2020

Threshold - Faith in the LIght of Dawn

Threshold - Faith in the LIght of Dawn


“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”


Here we have a tulip flower that is opening up with the dawn of the morning light.

Faith and hope are just that … believing in the things not seen, and acting as if it’s going to be.

Much of our experiences and struggles can leave us with a scar, as like an injury on our hand so to speak.

Yet the thing about scars is that even though they may not go away, they do heal. As time goes on, and the scar keeps healing, sooner or later it can become not as noticeable ... or be a reminder of perseverance.

Sometimes scars can be from relationships, our lives can be shattered, like a vase that falls off the table and breaks into many small pieces.

The good news is, that with time and healing in putting the vase back together, piece after piece, it may not look the same but can become instead a beautiful mosaic.

This is where threshold comes in. Each experience we have comes with it the doorway to a new day, a new era, a way to look at the past more intelligently for the future.

… A life filled with hope.



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I Don't Believe in Coincidence - by Frank J Casella

January 13th, 2020

I Don

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter." --Ansel Adams


The moon rises while the sun illuminates the tree tops from the golden hour sunset.

I don't believe in coincidence. That beauty and timing like this is to me a sign of God's love in the world. As only He can do.

Whenever I try to do two things at the same time, they both fall short of their full potential. Things line up for a reason, with God there is no coincidence.

I mean, I was walking my dog when I made this picture. But I had to stop walking and make the dog sit, so I could 'focus' to click the shutter.

The lesson here for me, then, is to keep your focus on the main thing, and make the world a more beautiful place to be.

Enjoy your day.

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Photo: Moon Over the Golden Hour


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Bold Sunrise Pastel Sky - Photograh by Frank J Casella

January 10th, 2020

Bold Sunrise Pastel Sky - Photograh by Frank J Casella



" When we have nothing to give,

let us give Him that nothingness.

Let us all remain as empty as possible

so that God can fill us. "

- St. Mother Theresa




Only courageous people are known for their honesty.

It is a lot easier to rationalize through life, or make excuses. And when we are bold enough to be honest with ourselves and others, people come to trust us for the truth even though it may hurt.

Likewise, with this photograph, the bold sunrise gives way to the soft colors of the sky, because once we take that first step of being honest, everythig else falls into place.

Sometimes we have to work through the mess, and the struggles, and with hope, but faith, God will show us the way.



" God does not love us because we are valuable.

We are valuable because God loves us."

- Fulton J. Sheen





Wood Print - Bold Sunrise Pastel Sky



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Morning Sunrise Pine Tree Silhouette - Landscape Photo by Frank J Casella

January 6th, 2020

Morning Sunrise Pine Tree Silhouette - Landscape Photo by Frank J Casella


Morning Sunrise Pine Tree Silhouette



"I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances;

I know also how to live with abundance.

In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry,

of living in abundance and of being in need.

I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me."


-- Phil. 4:12-13







May you have a great week, and a great start to the New Year!

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Winter-fole Branches - Photograph by Frank J Casella

January 3rd, 2020

Winter-fole Branches - Photograph by Frank J Casella

Winter-fold Branches

The morning sunrise shines on the soft, snowy tree branches, while illuminating the Fall leaves causing a beautiful backdrop.

This moment in time makes me think how much God covers us with his purity and love, while also illuminating our lives from Heaven above.

I think it is important to be mindful of this as we go through life and work through our struggles and our successes. In the end, it is not about us, but about what we do to bring the love of God into the world.

There is not a more timeless purpose than this for our lives, at least for me, and makes life worth living.


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The Greatest Moments of 2019

December 31st, 2019

The Greatest Moments of 2019



As we roll from one decade to the next, I think about in 2010 my being an independent artist was not even a thought.

Today, it is all I do with my photography.

But it is not about my photographs, as much as it is about sharing with humanity.

Faith. Hope. How God Loves the World.

You are reading this because you connect with this mission, and provide it - me - your valuable attention.

Happiness is never found by the person shopping for it. Rather, genuine happiness is the byproduct of making someone else happy.

You have shared this work more than I ever could, and spread happiness into the world, and thus fulfilled this mission.

The words Thank YOU! do not seem to say enough how grateful I am to you and what you do!

The simple moments that made the greatest impact in 2019, at the link below are how they fall into the big picture of this mission.


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A happy and prosperous New Year and decade to you and yours!

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GIFT CARDS for Frank J Casella Artist Web Store

December 20th, 2019

GIFT CARDS for Frank J Casella Artist Web Store

Looking for a gift and can't decide what to buy? No problem. Give them a gift card!

Just in time for the holidays... gift cards are now available for purchase on FineArtAmerica.com and Pixels.com!


When you checkout, the gift card will be e-mailed to you at the e-mail address that you provide on the checkout screen. The gift card will be attached to the e-mail as a PDF (click the link below for examples). Print it out and deliver it to the recipient... or simply forward the PDF via e-mail!

Go to www.frankjcasella.pixels.com/giftcertificates


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!

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The Silent Signs Of Change by Frank J Casella

December 16th, 2019

The Silent Signs Of Change by Frank J Casella

On this gloomy day, when the sunlight is trying to peek through the clouds, I was drawn upon the juxtaposition between the tree branches and the antenna on a neighbors roof. How both in their own way bring a sense of contentedness to either nature or the world around us.

It sort of reminds me of the Norman Rockwell painting, New Television Antenna, only in reverse. Where the Rockwell picture depicts the first in a new era, this picture illustrates one of the last roof antennas giving way to cable and satellite signals, and the internet.

The silent signs of change, in the changing seasons of time.


Reference link to Rockwell artwork

https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2018/06/rockwell-video-minute-new-tv-set/


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This photograph is from my personal work collection



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Frank J Casella Art Collections for Every Room and Style

December 10th, 2019

Decorate your home and accessorize your life with incredible works of art, and help support living artists.


I have curated my site into several best-of-the-best image collections for every room in your home or office!

But don't let that overwhelm you.

It doesn't matter if you're decorating an 800 square-foot bachelor pad in the city or a 5,000 square-foot ranch out in the country...

we've got incredible artwork that's just your style for every room of your home!

There are dozens of additional collections in (mostly) alphabetical order to browse through on my site. When you find the perfect piece, we'll deliver a museum-quality masterpiece right to your doorstep.


Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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In All Circumstances, Give Thanks

November 27th, 2019

In All Circumstances, Give Thanks

" Failure is an event, not a person ". - Zig Ziglar


We either succeed or we learn.


When I sit in the presence of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and give thanks for life and every breath I take, I realize how much it's more about the big picture of things and less about me.


"In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thes. 5:18


Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends to break bread together and have fellowship.


A time to be grateful for food, shelter, and clothing. A time to remember those before us who worked and believed in the legacy of America.


At Thanksgiving we sit around the table and share what we are thankful for because, while as President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God....



Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, we thank you for the goodness of our people and for the spirit of justice that fills this nation.

We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the land and the challenge of the cities.

We thank you for our work and our rest, for one another, and for our homes.

We thank you, Lord: accept our thanksgiving on this day.

We pray and give thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.


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Remembering Photographer James Klein Lenderink

November 27th, 2019

Remembering Photographer James Klein Lenderink

Recently I learned that my special friend, and photographer colleague, Jim Lenderink passed away from Alzheimer Disease.

Jim made his living mostly as a commercial photographer for at least five decades. More important, he was a great man, husband and father, a relatable person, caring to the point of always sharing the things he knew about. He was always learning, tweaking and testing, and was not only very good at being in business but developed his photography skills to be so good, and speedy, that his clients could not 'ignore' him ... and Jim became passionate about these skills (instead of following his passions as you often see from creatives today).

I learned a lot from Jim in his studio before he and his wife moved out of the area about a decade ago, which was across the driveway from his home and next to his wife's dog behavior business with related services, but our greatest moments where in the barn while feeding the horses. This is when Jim shared with me memorable things like what it was like as a photographer for Playboy many years ago, to how he became a Christian which caused his work to become more meaningful to him and the viewer, and I will never for get our (friendly) arguments about pricing and business practices, and how to use the word 'because' in sentences for promotional marketing.

It is said that every successful person learns from a mentor, and Jim told me how he had many, and he was one of mine. Always encouraging and believing in me and my work at a time when it seemed many others did not. Here is an example of his sincere words of testimony (a treasure) that he surprised me with on Flickr:

"Frank's work ethic makes him a powerful force to do things the right way, the creative way, and the business way. He is also very trustworthy. His photography is always thoughtful, interesting, and creative. He is a very productive person and a loving husband, father and friend. A life time friend. ~ James Klein Lenderink, Commercial Photographer"

Most of Jim's branding is off the internet, and he was very detailed and intentional about it all, but I did do some deep digging and found some classic examples of his work. I hope you will read into these photographs as the master craftsman at work.

Industrial Factory with Person

Public Fountain - a Work of Art!

Personality Portrait

Pet Portrait

These are the memories that come top of mind about James Klein Lenderink ... and there are many more. May he rest in peace for the positive difference that his life made in the world.





You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself - by Frank J Casella

November 15th, 2019

You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself - by Frank J Casella

You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself


I like how this tree forms itself around the other tree, as if to be a good neighbor.

You might think that trees are like people. Some of them care, others don't...

Trees do show us the way and their living together, their care (not only) for each other is highly remarkable.

God's love in the world, which as you know is the thread that connects my pictures, illustrates here love of neighbor, which I think we need more of in this world.


"In response to the question about the first of the ten commandments, Jesus says: "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' ...

The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (CCC 2196)



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I invite you to view my collection of colorful uplifting photographs and gifts, and bring new light and life to your home and those you love.

I produce and sell photographs of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world, through my Catholic Faith.

My partnership with Pixels (Fine Art America) assures each print is produced using my high-resolution original photos, meticulously assembled at a state-of-the-art production facility, and delivered worldwide to your doorstep as a "ready-to-hang" masterpiece with a 30-day money-back guarantee.


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How to Communicate Your Work - by Frank J Casella

November 11th, 2019

How to Communicate Your Work - by Frank J Casella

Click to view photograph: Bird Cottage


"The stuff that’s for everyone, that’s easy to click, sniff, share, produce and learn–that stuff ends up having no character. It’s not memorable. Tater tots are for everyone. But would you miss them if they were gone? The goal isn’t to serve everyone. The goal is to serve the right people." ~ Seth Godin



Whether it is your work, your art, your website, or your relationships, it doesn't help you at all to know that you can't please everyone. But do use that knowledge to be more distictive, and do better for those who you can please.


"Everyone has the same message. If you can be different, you will lead. If you don't you will fall in with everyone else." ~ Cal Newport


"If people see your work as a negative, it means go deeper with it to be more distictive and unique." ~ Paul Klean, Artist Coach




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Autumn Sunlight by Frank J Casella

November 2nd, 2019

Autumn Sunlight by Frank J Casella

Autumn Sunlight Through Trees

I think these two images are a really good illustration about the illuminance of Fall color ...

Radiant light from the sun illuminates the Autumn leaves still left and silhouette the branches of the trees.

In life, we never know the impression that we can make until we show our true colors for all to see.

For example, one of the things I try to do is to be a real person to those around me.

In the black and white image, there is more 'color' than a color photograph to me, because removing the color shows the true details of the moment.

I want to share these images today because I think they would make a nice Thanksgiving card, if you sent them, check the links below.




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Birthday Special - Frank J Casella Photographs

November 2nd, 2019

Birthday Special - Frank J Casella Photographs

Site Wide Birthday Promotion October 29 Only!


For my birthday, all Prints and Greeting Cards, Phone Cases and Tote Bags, and Shower Curtains at rock bottom pricing!


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Why offer discounts?

My life mission is to share hope and God's Love in the World. Art is in the eye of the beholder.

People have told me how they, in their mind, hold onto my pictures, but can't afford to own it.

Others can afford my works, and in an online marketplace a discount helps them to make the decision to buy it.

When someone offers me a bundle of money for one of my pictures, I'm not silly and accept it (and donate most of it back into the economy).

My ultimate goal is not what price you pay, but what it is about my work that makes it priceless to you.

Most important, I do this to thank my parents, and Jesus, for my life and for my birth, and for the gift of telling a story through a photograph.


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Our Ways Are Not His Ways by Frank J Casella

October 15th, 2019

Our Ways Are Not His Ways by Frank J Casella

Our thoughts go in many directions like the leaves from these plants. Yet, God's thoughts are above our thoughts.

I, too, fall into the (dangerous) trap of finding solutions for my problems without God.

Yet when I come to the end of my rope, and finally turn to God, the situation comes out way better than I could ever do myself.

When will I ever learn. I'm not God and never will be.



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Weekly Feature - Orange Leaves Monet - By Frank J Casella

October 14th, 2019

Weekly Feature - Orange Leaves Monet - By Frank J Casella

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Orange Leaves Monet - Orange Leaves in the Fall, image with an Monet effect. Photograph by Frank J Casella..


I'm featuring the photograph linked below at a special discount.

Also, for my birthday, on October 29th, I will feature this special discount - one day only - for my entire website.

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I am posting a new photograph each week, and then send a special mail like this one to your inbox. Look for it each Saturday.

The ' Fine Art America ' logo will not appear on your final purchase.

I invite you to view my collection of colorful uplifting photographs and gifts, and bring new light and life to your home and those you love.

I produce and sell photographs of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world, through my Catholic Faith.

My partnership with Pixels (Fine Art America) assures each print is produced using my high-resolution original photos, meticulously assembled at a state-of-the-art production facility, and delivered worldwide to your doorstep as a "ready-to-hang" masterpiece with a 30-day money-back guarantee.


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Weekly Feature - Raining - by Frank J Casella

October 12th, 2019

Weekly Feature - Raining - by Frank J Casella

Raining - A raindrop hangs from a leaf. Long exposure nature photograph of rain in motion. Image processed in-camera by Frank J Casella.


“Prayer is to our soul what rain is to the soil. Fertilize the soil ever so richly, it will remain barren unless fed by frequent rains.”
~ Saint John Vianney






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I'm featuring the photograph linked below at a special discount.

Also, for my birthday, on October 29th, I will feature this special discount - one day only - for my entire website.

Enjoy!


I am posting a new photograph each week, and then send a special mail like this one to your inbox. Look for it each Saturday.

The ' Fine Art America ' logo will not appear on your final purchase.

I invite you to view my collection of colorful uplifting photographs and gifts, and bring new light and life to your home and those you love.

I produce and sell photographs of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world, through my Catholic Faith.

My partnership with Pixels (Fine Art America) assures each print is produced using my high-resolution original photos, meticulously assembled at a state-of-the-art production facility, and delivered worldwide to your doorstep as a "ready-to-hang" masterpiece with a 30-day money-back guarantee.


View the Feature for This Week by Frank J Casella


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Home Sweet Homewood 1 Day - Welcome to October 2019

October 2nd, 2019

Home Sweet Homewood 1 Day - Welcome to October 2019

Once again, I'd like to introduce to you my personal project

Home Sweet Homewood 1 Day

Moments In Time Photographs of Homewood, Illinois,

-- my home town.


I'll be sharing with you each new post, from time to time.

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While walking the trails in the Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve, I found these two people in conversation on the bridge in the golden hour sunlight.

October brings with it pleasant weather and, unlike April, Autumn colors and sunlight.

This image reminds me much of childhood memories at the preserve, and is very much a 'Norman Rockwell' moment, who I both studied and did my portfolio thesis on in art/photography school.

Hope you can make some time to enjoy the beauty of the Fall colors, and if you are near by please make a visit to Homewood Izaak Walton (hint: Last week of October usually is most colorful).


Note: Proceeds from your purchase of images of Izaak Walton go to support the Preserve.


Enjoy October!!


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Weekly Feature - L-evated Train Platform Chicago Illinois, by Frank J Casella

September 28th, 2019

Weekly Feature - L-evated Train Platform Chicago Illinois, by Frank J Casella

Pedestrian access to the "L" trains above the streets of 'the loop' in Chicago, Illinois.

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Weekly Feature - Colorful Wild Flowers Under The Blue Sky by Frank J Casella

September 21st, 2019

Weekly Feature - Colorful Wild Flowers Under The Blue Sky by Frank J Casella

Colorful Wild Flowers Under The Blue Sky - Photo by Frank J Casella

Monday is the first day of Fall, so though I would share a moment in time from the Homewood Izaak Walton wetlands preserve. Enjoy!



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New - Just Released Apple iPhone 11 Cases by Frank J Casella

September 21st, 2019

New - Just Released Apple iPhone 11 Cases by Frank J Casella

Apple just released the new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max... and we just released millions of new iPhone 11 cases, iPhone 11 Pro cases, and iPhone 11 Pro Max cases!


Browse through millions of images uploaded by the world's greatest living artists and photographers... select your favorites... purchase them as a protective case for your iPhone ... and carry a beautiful work of art with you wherever you go.


Start Shopping Frank J Casella Designed iPhone 11 Cases!

(You can also adjust the size/direction of the picture on your case)


You can also upload your own personal photos (e.g. vacation photos, birthday photos, wedding photos, etc.) and purchase them as iPhone X cases using our Create Your Own interface . Simply upload your photo... position it on a case using our online interface... add it to your shopping cart... and you're done!



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Weekly Feature - Autumn Leaves and Raindrops - Photo by Frank J Casella

September 13th, 2019

Weekly Feature - Autumn Leaves and Raindrops - Photo by Frank J Casella

Autumn Leaves and Raindrops - Color Square Photo by Frank J Casella

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Moving Sky by Frank J Casella Photographs

September 13th, 2019

Moving Sky by Frank J Casella Photographs

Sky - Square Color Photograph of Cloud Formations over Silhouetted Trees by Frank J Casella.


During my morning coffee, the sky changed like every two minutes over the course of one hour.


It is like as pure as the sunrise of a new day, so is it a new opportunity to create and live a beautiful life of excellence. To do this by forgiving others, and take care of the unfinished business of yesterday.


"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things"

Phil. 4:8


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Weekly Feature - Autumn Colors in the Neighborhood by Frank J Casella

September 6th, 2019

Weekly Feature - Autumn Colors in the Neighborhood by Frank J Casella


Autumn Colors in the Neighborhood - Color photo by Frank J Casella

Deep in the season of Fall, red, yellow, and green sprinkle a neighborhood street in Midwest America.


Blog: Sept 7, 2019 Feature - Autumn Colors in the Neighborhood



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Remembering Artist Leonid Afremov

September 5th, 2019

Remembering Artist Leonid Afremov

On August 19th a wonderful person and artist, who I have learned much from, has passed suddenly.

I want to share with you a section from the tribute on his blog that deeply resonates with me:

"Leonid was a very simple and humble person. He did not like big parties, he did not like luxury things, he never wore jewelry or watch, and he did not like to show off . He rather wanted to share his art with the world and make it accessible to general working class people. He never wanted to sell his paintings only to the rich for thousands of dollars. His vision was that every single house in the world could have a piece of his soul through his art .

Leonid Afremov maybe passed but his art is eternal and will live forever. He has definitely has put his mark in art history and development. He has served as inspiration for thousands of young people who followed his footsteps during his life".


Farewell to Artist Leonid Afremov



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Weekly Feature - Sunrise in the Preserve

August 30th, 2019

Weekly Feature - Sunrise in the Preserve

September 1, 2019 Feature: Sunrise in the Preserve



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Beautiful Colored Sky - This Weeks Feature by Frank J Casella

August 23rd, 2019

Beautiful Colored Sky - This Weeks Feature by Frank J Casella

This week, I'm featuring the artwork at the link below at a special discount. Enjoy!

Starting today I am posting a new picture for the week, and send a special mail like this one to your inbox. Please look for it.

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I produce and sell pictures of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world, through my Catholic Faith.

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Announcement - Special Weekly Feature by Frank J Casella

August 20th, 2019

Announcement - Special Weekly Feature by Frank J Casella

This week, I'm featuring the artwork at the link below at a special discount. Enjoy!


Then, each Saturday I will post a new picture for the week.


Also, for my birthday, on October 29th, I will feature this special discount - one day only - for my entire website.


The ' Fine Art America ' logo will not appear on your final purchase.


Once again, I invite you to view my collection of colorful uplifting photography and gifts, and bring new light and life to your home and those you love.


I produce and sell pictures of moments in time, and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world, through my Catholic Faith.


My partnership with Pixels (Fine Art America) assures each print is produced using my high-resolution original photos, meticulously assembled at a state-of-the-art production facility, and delivered worldwide to your doorstep as a "ready-to-hang" masterpiece with a 30-day money-back guarantee.


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Autumn Art Photo Collection by Frank J Casella

August 16th, 2019

Autumn Art Photo Collection by Frank J Casella

The elements of Fall are upon us: The cooler weather, falling leaves, rain puddles, and the aroma of baked pies and bonfires.


I like Fall the most, and the thing I like most about Fall is how fast the details change. From colorful trees, and watching like overnight how the leaves fall, to the changing landscape into these colors.


Before you know it the trees are bare, and colder weather sets in.


Each of the seasons bring with it elements and details of art created by God. Often times I feel that God is just waiting for us to show up to take part in the moment with Him, and with our camera to click the shutter.


Here are some Autumn moments that I have captured, hope they help move you into the most colorful season of the year, and my personal favorite.



Autumn Collection by Frank J Casella




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Frank

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Contribute

August 15th, 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.



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


Stability by Frank J Casella

August 13th, 2019

Stability by Frank J Casella

Stability - A Father is like a tower to a child's life, a Godly figure of carrying us and being our hero.


I yanked this picture out of my archives, because I think it sends an important message. We need to have pictures like this on our walls, stent on greeting cards, and available to use on websites. Because the importance of this is taken for granted.


I recently went to a parade with my family. Next to us was a little girl who wanted her dad to lift her up onto his shoulders. But dad refused, several times. The girl looked crushed. You might think because she didn’t get what she waned, but what I saw in her eyes was she wanted her Dad, and she wanted him to save the day and let her look down the road at the parade coming.


Instead, Dad would rather stare at his phone, or put his hands on his wife's butt. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for these, and a parade with family is not it. The roll of the Father is to set the tone for the household and to get his family to Heaven.


Likewise, the roll of both a Mother and a Father are vital and important, I like how Dr. Meg Meeker puts it.



So, like I say, people need pictures through works of art, that are examples of goodness, hope, and teach positive human interaction.

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Frank


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Do Pro's Make Better Pictures? By Frank J Casella

July 29th, 2019

Do Pro

I've been a photographer for several decades, not counting from when I was a kid, and I've heard many myths and truths about what and who makes better pictures.

So, if you don't want to read any further I'll spill the beans: The best picture is the one that moves you; and the best camera is the one you have with you in the moment.

Now, let us back up the train, so to speak, and correct some beliefs:


1) Pro's take better pictures¦ So, if you have a pro and a beginner make a picture of the same scenic, people say the pro will take the better picture. If so, it is because the pro has practiced his/her craft. But I have also seen an photo enthusiast make a picture outstanding because she has the spirit of the rookie and developing the eye of the pro.

Some photographers will tell you that a pro will make sever exposures to find the best image and work with that. But this is usually a photographer who has learned only on a digital camera. I, for example, learned on film so when I approach a subject with my camera I make each click of the shutter count ... I know how my camera and sensor see the light, and I know what perspective and story that I want the image to speak before I ever lift the camera to my eye. In fact, I don’t use the screen on the back of my DSLR.


2) Takes same time to sell a picture at $100 as $1000¦ This is mostly true. And this is mostly brought up when a photographer wants to argue to sell pictures at a high price. My argument with this myth is that pennies make dollars. You might gain more status or trust to sell at a higher price, but you will sell more pictures at the lower price. This does not mean that you sell them cheap, because they won’t sell as much and this is when it takes more time to sell them. You have to know what market you are selling to.

For example, here in America, I know some Medical Doctors who refuse to be paid by the medical insurance system and instead are paid direct by the patients. When the insurance pays the price of care is higher, and when the patient pays obviously the price is lower. But in either case the care is the same, other than the doctor who works direct with the patient has more time to care for them as they see less appointments within an hours’ time.

Likewise, with cars a Ford and a Chevy are both about the same price. But when the late Henry Ford invented his assembly lines, he was able to lower the prices of his cars to around say $700 when other car companies where over $3000. Needless to say the other companies had to adjust their pricing to stay in business.


3) The more you pay means it is better photography or a better photographer¦ Over the years I have seen great photographers not be able to make a living, and (what I think are) lousy photographers become world renowned. What makes the difference? As Donald Trump said in his book 'The Art of the Deal':

“I’ve always felt that a lot of modern art is a con, and that the most successful painters are often better salesmen and promoters than they are artists.”

In other words, pricing is a marketing tool.


4) I need a DSLR to make the best pictures. The best pictures are the ones that move you. I have seen forty-inch wall murals made with an iPhone camera, that were very impressive with high quality. It used to be the size of the sensor or the number of megapixels, but that is no longer the case. Sometimes doing landscape photos with mixed light might need the DSLR but not for long.


So this is my ‘take’ on photos and cameras, and photographers. I don’t think I’ll change my mind until technology improves some more. In which case, you’ll see me update this article.

Thanks for reading.
Frank J Casella


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Designer Prints by Frank J Casella

July 27th, 2019

Designer Prints by Frank J Casella

Bulk buyer, interior designer, or member of Designer Prints?


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Did you know? Designer Prints is the wholesale division of Fine Art America - the world's largest art marketplace and print-on-demand technology company.


Designer Prints is a members-only website which offers trade discounts to interior designers, corporate art buyers, and industry professionals who are involved in specifying and purchasing products for medium-to-large scale design projects.


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Welcome to Designer Prints.




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Frank


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The Great America Billboard Contest

July 24th, 2019

The Great America Billboard Contest

The Great America Billboard Contest!


I can use your help to reach 250 votes on my image,


Perfect Bloom Magnolia, and Blue Chicago Blizzard, and Friends Walking the Nature Trail


When I get that many votes they t will be entered into a contest on Fine Art America / Pixels where the winners image will be displayed on promotional billboards.


Please help me out by voting at the links below:


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Mentors by Frank J Casella

July 17th, 2019

Mentors by Frank J Casella


Mentors


Some people view life as a game. Others take it as it comes.


My photojournalism mentor, John H. White, used to say


"Preparation is the key to opportunity".


The activity that a basketball team does before a game either gets them ready for opportunity or creates it.


So, what activity are you doing ... for your goals?


Be a student of the Game.


Good students make better athletes.


It is said that children learn more from our actions than from our words.


This includes how we play the game ... and apply it to life.


The way we treat others.


The way we respond ... or react.


And how we develop relationships because of 'the game'.


Lead. Mentor. Example. Illustrate.


If you were in Catholic grade school, like I was, you might remember what the Nuns used to say ...

... God gave you two ears and one mouth ...


... Listen.


Mentor Photographs



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Chicago City Fog by Frank J Casella

July 11th, 2019

Chicago City Fog by Frank J Casella

Fog covers city skyscrapers on Michigan Avenue during the morning commute in Chicago Illinois. I made this picture on a Saturday morning on the way to a workshop.

I love the drama of this scene, with the silhouettes of the people going to their destinations. How you can feel the windy city vibe from the blowing flags, and the fog rolling in from over the street in the distance.

I think this image works best in square format to juxtapose the shapes of all those windows on the Wrigley Building across the street, and the lines from all the buildings and archetecture. I also happen to love strong, grid composition inside the square.

This photograph was made with the iPod Touch camera, and post-processed with Aviary Photo Editor for iOS.

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Portion Control

July 5th, 2019

I hope all of you had a restful Fourth of July celebration! For me, there were so many fireworks displays and parades, that I missed sending you an holiday greeting. Sorry about that! There is so much that our American Flag stands for today, and I personally take for granted the true meaning of freedom.


By the way, did you know the biblical meaning of freedom means that we are free of attachments to be able to follow the will of God?
Which brings me to the topic that I would like to share with you today: Portion Control.

Blogger Seth Godin today shared what I find to be a powerful statement:

The digital economy has created an endless buffet, and it is easy to overeat. When confronted with infinity, is it okay to blink?


It is becoming more and more important to be intentional about how we use the internet and digital content, because it can take up so much of our valuable time that we fall short on what is most valuable to us: our relationship with God and those we love.

Which got me to thinking that some of you may not be aware of the direct link to my latest photography. So instead of logon to my website, you can just bookmark this link to quickly check what is new

latest.frankjcasella.com

As you may know, I once sent you a daily mail, then I cut back to about three times a week, and I will still continue this but lean more towards once-a-week. And I send you a new mail once I get four new uploads, instead of a new mail for each new addition. So now you have the direct link to check and see if there is anything new to buy and not have to wait for my mail.


I am also deeply working on some new photography that requires my staying away from being online and the distractions this causes from true solitude.

It is said that if you start to spend an hour a day with your own thoughts, it will take up to sixty days before you remove all the clutter and eventually can start the hour thinking about yesterday and today! I am finding this to be so true! More on this photo project in a future mail .. stay tuned.


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Frank



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Hawks in the Storm - Photograph by Frank J Casella

July 1st, 2019

Hawks in the Storm - Photograph by Frank J Casella

– Hawks in the Storm --

Have you ever noticed that when a storm rolls in there is a strong, cool breeze that comes just before the rain? As the storm in this picture rolled through today in a matter of minutes, it was interesting to me how these hawks threw themselves into that wind before the rain. They seemed in their element as they spread their wings and let the wind carry them across the sky.


Got me to thinking about the storms and struggles that we go through as humans, and do we move with the direction of the moment or resist it?


“Hardships often prepare ordinary people, for an extraordinary destiny".

– C. S. Lewis



<<<-- There are five (5) Hawks in this image, can you find them?

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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.


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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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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...



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Fatherhood Wall Art






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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






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Frank


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'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!



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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"

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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


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Square

March 27th, 2019

Square

The great environmental art photographer, Ansel Adams preferred square format for easy cropping and no need to rotate a camera for vertical shots. He saw no loss of performance with a cropped 6x6 image compared to an uncropped 6x7.

Likewise, with prints and framing, and greeting cards, you can frame the image, or be more creative and fit the image inside any shape frame you imagine. The square fits nicely into the greeting card format, horizontal or vertical, your choice!


I have recently become the curator and admin for two Artist Groups on Fine Art America, featuring works from the worlds greatest artists and photographers.

The key thing about Artist Groups is you can search images by subject or theme, and the featured images are curated by human eyeballs before they get a chance to be ranked by the website.

Collectors have an opportunity to check groups before doing an general website search, and find something unique. This is just another way that Fine Art America helps you to support independent Artists -- as the saying goes ' Independent. Together. '




Square Format Photography - Artist Group


This group displays Fine Art of Square Format Photography only.

Scroll down to view the weekly Featured Artworks available. Then, for a larger collection. click the IMAGES tab above. Still, click the Contest tab to view past group Features archive.


All are welcome to join the group; view images; use the share buttons; post the link in blogs; post topics relating to art and/or the groups topic in the discussion forum; subscribe to RSS feeds; etc.

All images are available for sale. Click on the image of your choice for more details.




Square Art World - Artist Group


This group displays fine art of SQUARE ART WORK. traditional paintings, photography, sculpture and drawings, etc..

Scroll down to view the weekly Featured Artworks available. Then, for a larger collection. click the IMAGES tab above. Also, click the Contest tab to view past group Features.


All are welcome to join the group; view images; use the share buttons; post the link in blogs; post topics relating to art and/or the groups topic in the discussion forum; subscribe to RSS feeds; etc.

All images are available for sale. Click on the image of your choice for more details.




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Why You Should Use RSS

March 22nd, 2019

Why You Should Use RSS

Reading articles through RSS instead of visiting the site directly, or relying on social-media traffic, can improve your media-consumption experience.


I no longer share my stuff on Social Media.


I've become passionate about designing my life around focused work and protecting my time from distraction and devices. After all, it's the only way to get any photography done.


As you know, I mail you ( content from my ) blog posts, and latest updates, about pictures, hope, and God's Love.


But, you can be done with the whole email thing ... if you want to.


... if you only want to read my blogs, and not get the mails.


This blog has one of the fastest-growing RSS feed lists I know of, if you look here at the blogs page on Fine Art America you will find my blog has more views right out of the gate than most.


I don't share it other than with an RSS feed link, as it says at the bottom of my blogs:


Subscribe by RSS



RSS is quiet and fast and Ad-free.

Perhaps that is why it is not the flavor of the day.







The Basics of RSS

RSS is a syndication methodology on the Internet.

RSS Stands for Really Simple Syndication.

RSS is used for the specific purpose or conveying information that a website or blog has been updated.

RSS can automate web surfing, create a virtual custom newspaper, and help you stay current in your areas of expertise or interest.

Subscribing to RSS feeds can deliver targeted and timely information.

Subscribing to RSS feeds allows you to monitor your own RSS feeds.


How RSS Works and Why You Should Use It



And of course, you can always bookmark this page, to read blog posts only, on your browser and come visit me now and then.




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Frank



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Frank J Casella New Site Design

March 20th, 2019

Frank J Casella New Site Design

Please check the site at the link below, I'd love to know what you think!

I have spent a lot of time on this, and now I am blurry eyed.

Thank you!


Frank J Casella Website - frankjcasella.pixels.com





Here is a short list of what is so cool about my website site that some of you may not yet have realised:


1. The new website is fully "responsive". This means that they will display perfectly on iPads, iPhones, etc. If you shrink the size of your browser window on your laptop, you'll see the websites change their layouts as you resize the window.


2. The search engine has not changed at all and is identical to the search engine on Fine Art America. You can search based on keywords, titles, subject, or combinations of all three. You can search within the galleries, as well. You can also filter you search results based on size, shape, medium, colors, and more.


3. The website can still process payments in multiple currencies (e.g. British Pounds, Euros, etc.) and display measurements in inches or centimeters. The appropriate currency and measurements are selected automatically based on the user's location in the world - but the user can change them, if they want to, down in the footer.


4. When you place an order, the credit card will now display the URL of my website on the credit card statement. For example, since my website is frankjcasella.pixels, then the you will see FRANKJCASELLA.PIXELS.COM on your credit card statement. I know some of you have asked about this, also ... .


5. When you make a purchase it's the same as making a purchase on Fine Art America / Pixels, as well. ...

... My partnership with Fine Art America assures each print is produced using my high-resolution original photos, meticulously assembled at a state-of-the-art production facility, and delivered worldwide to your doorstep as a "ready-to-hang" masterpiece with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

The Fine Art America logo at the bottom right of the images will not appear on your final purchase.


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Why you should post to your own blog, not on social media

March 18th, 2019

Why you should post to your own blog, not on social media

I like how the snow highlights these tree branches.


In a way, it reminds me of how linking connects different 'branches' on the internet known as the web.


To that end, here are positive reasons why it is important to post each new entry primarily on your own site or blog, not on social media:


1. Having a home

A blog site is a creative outlet. When you want people to know something, you're going to talk about it here. This is where others will be able to find you over time and space. This is your home.

For example, 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. Thus, your own site lets you do that.



Here is an interesting article that inspired me to write about this On Blogs in the Social Media Age http://calnewport.com/blog/2018/12/07/on-blogs-in-the-social-media-age



Thanks for reading,

Frank J Casella

Prayer Offerings

March 16th, 2019

Prayer Offerings

In Christianity, votive candles are commonplace in many churches, as well as home altars, and symbolize the "prayers the worshipper is offering for him or herself, or for other people."


The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial.

Easter Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar

The Easter Vigil is the "Mother of All Vigils."Easter Sunday, then, is the greatest of all Sundays, and Easter Time is the most important of all liturgical times. Easter is the celebration of the Lord's resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. There are 50 days of Easter from the first Sunday to Pentecost.It is characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death, expressed most fully in the great resounding cry of the Christian: Alleluia! All faith flows from faith in the resurrection:"If Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, is your faith." (1 Cor 15:14)

"What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind;…So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible. It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious. It is sown weak; it is raised powerful. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one. So, too, it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living being," the last Adam a life-giving spirit. But the spiritual was not first; rather the natural and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, earthly; the second man, from heaven. As was the earthly one, so also are the earthly, and as is the heavenly one, so also are the heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one (1 Cor 15:36-37, 42-49).

The octave of Easter comprises the eight days which stretch from the first to the second Sunday. It is a way of prolonging the joy of the initial day.In a sense, every day of the Octave is like a little Sunday.

The word "Easter" comes from Old English, meaning simply the "East." The sun which rises in the East, bringing light, warmth and hope, is a symbol for the Christian of the rising Christ, who is the true Light of the world. The Paschal Candle is a central symbol of this divine light, which is Christ.It is kept near the ambo throughout Easter Time, and lit for all liturgical celebrations.


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The Cycle of Trash

March 3rd, 2019

The Cycle of Trash

Look at all of those trash receptacles. Do American’s really have that much garbage?

When I look at this picture it makes me think about how much food we have in this country. And how much of it we just dump that is left uneaten.

I also think about the number of mouths that can be fed just from what we all dump in the trash!

Its like people who drive very expensive cars. Although it may be in perspective of their income, just think about the more constructive things that could be done with their money if they bought a really nice Ford, and invested the difference in ( someone or ) something that doesn’t “depreciate”.

It seems like it would take a half-day for the garbage truck to collect from all those bins! Yet, how much more does God “collect” the trash that we create from our lives? We leave the clutter and pray that He cleans it up … and the cycle continues.

As Cardinal Francis George says: “The greatest poverty is not to know Jesus Christ”.

In other words, when I look at this picture, it is a good reminder how our lives are like a trash receptacle … what (garbage) we throw into it is what (garbage that) comes out of it.



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Changing Seasons of Time

March 1st, 2019

Changing Seasons of Time

All of us are individuals to the point that each of us has a right to our own opinion. I learned this in a profound way from a very good friend of mine. And as we get older we tend to change who we are, and what we think, based on our experiences.

Ask anyone who is married for a few decades and they most likely will attest to this.

If you look at the age of the trees, many variables cause them to grow to a certain size, in different directions, and how they react to the seasons over the years, etc. ...

So the lesson, or point, here is that as we go through the seasons of life over time to 'just move with it'. Be open to others viewpoints and how they change or respond to their environments, and not take everything too seriously.

It is then we truly notice the beauty of life and the blessings of this world we live in.

May God's blessings Fall on you like the leaves of Autumn.




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The Beauty of Fog and Mist

February 26th, 2019

The Beauty of Fog and Mist

There is something about fog that is both beautiful yet mysterious or challenging. Have you ever heard someone say "I need to get through the fog on that" or "This problem has me in a fog"??

Fog is simply condensed water vapor in cloudlike masses lying close to the ground and limiting visibility. Their is much to that about life as well.

When we drive our car through the fog, for example, it is sometimes hard to find our way. We usually have to wait for the fog to lift.
Likewise, when we drive through the fog in our lives, we sometimes have to wait for the issue or problem to take its course for the fog to lift.

Fog reminds us to see the beauty of the pathways in our life.





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Sunday at the Country Club

February 19th, 2019

Sunday at the Country Club

Just a simple moment that I think speaks for itself.


I miss the days of developing classic pictures like this in the ' wet ' darkroom.


This one was shot some time ago, it reminds me of times before the internet when we had more social interaction, and it happens to be a digital photograph.


Digital technology has come a long way, and back then I waited for a digital camera that would make pictures that looked like it was shot on film.


The Pentax K10D is a wonderful camera. The rest is left to how I see it through the lens. Today I still don't use the screen on the back, but use the digital camera as if it had film. ... no peeking,


After they made this camera the industry changed the sensor, so it will no longer be the same ... I'm holding onto this one. ....


.... just like we should hold onto moments of times gone by.





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Silence Is - Still - Golden by Frank J Casella

February 16th, 2019

Silence Is - Still - Golden by Frank J Casella

How often do you spend time in silence, talking to yourself, or just thinking?
Once a day?

A few times a week?

A few times a day?

A proverbial saying ‘Silence is golden’ is often used in circumstances where it is thought that saying nothing is preferable to speaking, the origin of this phrase is obscured by the mists of time. The first example of it in English is from the poet Thomas Carlyle.

There is also the golden value of spending time in silence.

With all of the information we have available to us now, through technology, we can easily be engaged, or distracted, every hour of the day and night. This is why it is even more important today to practice solitude, even if just for 10 minutes.

Solitude is the time in which you have no other input. Not even reading a book, or listening to music, when you truly experience the value of silence (which is golden).

There is a report that says the average teen in the US spends nine hours on media per day, and another that says mental health disorders are on the rise among children. Both state how our brains are not set up for this much activity. Adults are not far behind, even though not exposed to it through our childhood

Silence can be scary, I know. Especially when you haven’t done it in a while, or you may have thoughts of it causing your skeletons in the closet to come to the surface of things. This is where prayer comes in.

You don’t have to cut the noise cold turkey. Detox is different than declutter. There is a practice coming to be known as Digital Minimalism, where you end up choosing to have a focused life in a noisy world.

You might want to pray about how to approach this, and ask God to give you wisdom and strength, or ask others to pray for you. We all need each other to make it through this world, and we’re not meant to go it alone.

I’ve been noticing around the internet this theme recently of the cutting back on technology and replacing it with more human interaction; finding a new hobby or cause to be engaged with …. offline. For us adults, who have kids with screens, the benefits could be more time with family, or that our family might resist tech addiction.

A couple things I am working on, for example, are spending reduced times online by making notes throughout the day for when next online, and, as a photographer I’ve started a new photo series called Sunday Silence: Views From My Backyard. Because I, for one, need to go back to looking at the things we see everyday but fail to notice, and no better place to do this than your own backyard.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reads that we are to practice all things in moderation, and that, I think, should include making time for prayer and a good dose of silence.

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Casella Photos Now View In 3D

February 12th, 2019

You can now view all of my artwork products: throw pillows, greeting cards, and more in 3D... directly from your web browser!



All you have to do is look for the 3D icon on my product pages.



Click that icon, and you will instantly be able to rotate the product... zoom in... and zoom out!

Have you ever wondered what the back of our shower curtains look like?

Have you ever wondered what the inside of our phone cases look like?



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The 3D feature is currently available for the following products:



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Greeting Cards


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Additional products will be available in 3D soon.



This is an incredibly powerful feature to help you " try before you buy ".

It is also a great opportunity to tell your friends, family, and followers how cool it is to view in 3D!



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Dog At Peace

February 8th, 2019

Dog At Peace

After a swim in the lake he sleeps in peace.

Have you noticed how dog's have a way of bringing peace to the stress of a family or household?

They are filled with unconditional love, when we look for it ... and learn from it.

Which often makes me ask the question then, and now I ask you, how does your life bring peace to others ... and to the world?

Enjoy your day.

Frank


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2019 New Releases

January 26th, 2019

Dear Collectors and Friends,

Once again this year, I have created a gallery collection of all new uploads for 2019. This is because if you missed a mail from me, or want to come back for a revisit, you can find it in this gallery.


With that said, below are four new uploads since my last mail to you. Click each thumbnail to view it larger or to purchase.




1) The World Is A Great Gift

As I rise up to each passing new day, I am not only thankful for the gift of the beauty of this world, but also thankful to God the giver of this gift.


2) You shall know the Truth

When I study this moment in time, these are the words that come to me: You shall know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.


3) Chairs And Snow - Black And White

A simple still-life moment in black and white. I hope this brings you peace from a moment we often see but may never notice.


4) Illuminated Autumn

Radiant light from a sunset illuminates the Autumn leaves still left on the silhouette branches of the trees.

In life, we never know the impression that we can make unless we show our true colors for all to see.



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Frank



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Glorious Blue - Photo by Frank J Casella

January 17th, 2019

Glorious Blue - Photo by Frank J Casella


Prayer can’t coexist for long in the same mental space with worries; one will crowd the other out.




When I read these words this morning in my divotional it made me think of this picture.


With the vast blue skies like this, painted by God, do we see prayers or do we see worries into the Heavens?







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Golden Hour Reflections - City of Chicago

January 16th, 2019

Golden Hour Reflections - City of Chicago

When I look at this scene, I reflect about all the people behind those windows, and all the people who built these buildings over the years.

Yes, it all looks perfect on the outside, but it's what's inside that counts and makes all the difference. Like when I create a picture, I'm critical but mindful that perfection can lead to procrastination.

How about you?

What really is important, I think, is to be mindful and reflect that what we create will still be around after we are dead and gone. So, remember that what goes on inside of us is the here and now, and this we must keep in perspective.


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What's In Your Heart - Photo by Frank J Casella

January 12th, 2019

What

We all make decisions every day.


When we say 'yes' to one thing, then it is at the cost of many 'no's'.


We all have a hole in our hearts that need to be filled. What we fill into that void determines our world view.


Said another way, what goes into your mind is what's in your heart. If you want to change your life, change what goes into your mind.


For example, focus on serving others, and less on self.


For those of us who believe, when we open our mind and say 'yes' to God, and let Him dwell in our hearts, then what we say 'no' to is a sacrifice that makes life worth living.


We no longer feel that void, because our hearts are overfilled with a true joy and love that radiates to others, and makes the world a better place to live.



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Being Thankful - Photo by Frank J Casella

January 9th, 2019

Being Thankful - Photo by Frank J Casella

When the paths that we take in life become overshadowed with obstacles, the best route to take is to be optimistic and thankful.

The people who become successful use their struggles to become stronger, and surround themselves with others who see opportunities from each failure.

Know too, that when we focus on God instead of self, and tell our obstacles about God, instead of telling God about our obstacles, we see tiny bits of progress each day as if there is light at the end of the tunnel.

So when given a choice, take the path of being thankful.


Enjoy your day.

Frank

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Shades of Autumn - Photo by Frank J Casella

January 5th, 2019

Shades of Autumn - Photo by Frank J Casella

Dear Friends,

If you are living here in Chicagoland, it seems the snow is staying away. We had a couple snow falls, however, the weather stays too warm to keep the snow around. You would think Fall does not want to leave us!

Anyways, I have an Autumn picture that has seen some interesting comments. This basically was what I call a grab shot, in that I saw the moment and clicked the shutter on the camera. The main subject is a man, slightly bent, looking out the window at the changing colors of Autumn.

So, I tilt the camera on the main subject, and to bring the viewer into the story telling -- and that it did. Read some comments below from the various platforms online where I share my photography.



'Very beautiful and melancholic picture, wonderful light and shadows!'



'Something rather nice about this. It looks slightly crooked but that works towards the general feeling of tranquility in this very well lit scene. Love this internal lighting.'



'You cant help but wonder what is going through the mind of the solitary, detached figure by the window.'



'To be absolutely honest with you, the first time I looked at this image I was ever so slightly distracted by the fact that the horizon was not straight. Yet, when I come back and look again I notice that the human figure is perfectly perpendicular, in contrast to his surroundings. Which leads me back to my original observation about what goes through his mind that is at odds with his environment. I am fascinated.'



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Art Is Not A Luxury .....

January 3rd, 2019

…. but a necessity.





Because society needs images …. through works of Art.


…. That are examples of Goodness and Hope.


…. That share the Love of God in the World.




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Photography is a major force in explaining man to man

-- Edward Steichen


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For this reason, I believe in the universal idea,



…. That Art should serve a great purpose,



,... To be within easy reach of all people, and change lives.



…. To make life easier along the way.






My goal and pledge to you for 2019.



Thank you for being my customer!! Happy New Year!

Frank


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Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed. My fundamental purpose is to interpret the typical American. I am a story teller

-- Norman Rockwell


“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



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Part Two - What I Learned About Business in 2018

December 31st, 2018

I would like to thank those of you who responded to my last blog post here and asking me to clarify some terms.



Here we go ….


Quality: The purpose of business is service to the customer, to provide a quality product that can be put to good use. This has to be something that you are very good at, and if someone else can do better it is best to let them do it, and you go do something else. This as always been true about good business, and even more so now with selling on the internet.



Fair Price: This is simply the price the masses are willing to pay for your product. You service the customer best then by improving the production process, not lowering quality or raising the price. In fact, these improvements can result in lowering prices, and serving the customer better.



Automation: The coding on the Fine Art America website is brilliant in that most of it is automated, causing a limited amount of steps for each order, and then free up the hard working people in the office for things that can not be automated. Plus, the business model that Fine Art America provides the artists is second to none. It results in lower capital costs, and thus more of a profit margin, compared to like websites,

Fine Art America is a rare find in the world of e-commerce companies. It was founded way back in 2006, and has been profitable since the very first day in business, and has never raised money from investors. The entire business was launched by a single programmer and continues to be run by a small, dedicated staff to this very day.

If you would like to read up on the story of Fine Art America you can do that here. It is quite an inspiring story about a brilliant mind, if you ask me.



Business Formulas: The business formulas used by Henry Ford are very similar to what I was raised with in the family-owned business I grew up in. Likewise, there are similarities with Fine Art America and the automation and assembly line created by Henry Ford, another brilliant mind.

In other words, on a website like Fine Art America, there is a difference between an artist who sells original paintings and also printed reproductions, and a photographer who sells original photography only as quality reproductions.

I strongly encourage you to spend time with his biography which you can find here and download from your public library.



The ultimate formula for me, though, is wisdom from the Bible. There are more lessons about money in the Bible than you might think. I have learned much of it from participating in a Christian business men's forum. So all of what I mention above and the previous blog post is viewed through this filter.




Thank you!



A Happy and Blessed New Year to you!!


Frank



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What I Learned from Business in 2018

December 29th, 2018

I would like to thank all of you who subscribe to this mailing list, and those of you who purchase my works, for your attention and business in 2018. Since I started selling my artwork online in 2013 this has been a huge learning curve, compared to the other types of photography that I have produced over the past 30 + years. Without you I have nothing more than an (expensive) hobby.


What I have learned about business in 2018 is to stick to the formulas that I have learned both from being raised in a family-owned business, and the formulas of the late and great Henry Ford.


For example, if you look at the Ford Motor Company over the years, when the CEO moved away from the formula of the Founder the company went into a slump, and when the family hired a CEO that committed to the formula of the founder the business saw much prosperity. I have experienced the same thing ….


…. There is a mind set in business to buy low and then sell high. Yet there is another mind set to provide quality work at a fair price. One of the main reasons that I sell my works on Fine Art America is because of the business model: quality products with lean overhead and no investors, and an automated production from the main office to your door step.


In other words, the purpose of business is to serve the customer with a product that can be put to good use. Thus, making a profit is not about raising prices, or lowering quality, rather you cut expenses through finding new ways in tweaking and improving systems.


There are artists who on Fine Art America can ask a high price for their works, and that is their frame of mind. I don't argue with that. When I started a few short years ago, I followed the business behaviors of some artist on Fine Art America who are top sellers, as well as some artist advice gurus who seem to know the business well. So for 2018 I decided to stick with my gut feeling instead and go back to the formulas that I grew up with, and it proved to be more correct than ever.


And that is, my works are priced to be affordable to the masses. No discount code needed. Because I want you to enjoy my work, and bring a sense of purpose or meaning to your life each day of the year -- even if just a simple greeting card to frame.


So for 2019 I intend to serve you by producing quality works at a fair price. I am grateful for your business.


Thank you!



A Happy and Blessed New Year to you!!


Frank


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The Value of Friendship

December 26th, 2018

The Value of Friendship

How many Christmas Cards did you get they Season?

According to this article from the Chicago Tribune, paper Christmas Greeting Cards are on their way back. People are finding e-mails and Facebook messages to be too impersonal.

Plus, card senders want to customize their cards with a more personal touch, while others just want to make a few clicks to send their cards.

This got me to thinking how the base for all of this comes from the value of friendships. When you make the time to send a card, and maybe send a note, it tells the recipient they are important to you.

We all want friends like this. To have a friend who cares about us during difficlut times, and happy times, and for the annual seasons of our lives, we need to be this kind of friend.



"The best way to have more friends is to be a friend" -- Zig Ziglar



In your life, who has been this kind of friend? Who needs you to be this kind of friend today?


""A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."

-- Proverbes 17:17


Have an enjoyable day, and talk to you again soon!

Frank


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Frank J Casella Products Shop 2018

December 15th, 2018

Frank J Casella Products Shop 2018

Here you will find links to the Frank J Casella Art and Photography products(Easter, Christmas, Mothers Day, etc.). Simply copy the short link for the product of your interest into a new browser window / tab, then option to enter the holiday or keyword of interest into the search box Click on your artwork selection and purchase.

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Christmas Greeting Cards Guide 2018 by Frank J Casella

November 24th, 2018

In our instant, technology driven world, Christmas is time of the year that in place of emails and texting many of us send personalized Christmas cards. Greeting / Note Cards provide us the opportunity to remind those who are important to us that they are close to our hearts. Much of my Holiday artwork is Catholic, Christian themed.



To purchase your Christmas Cards at the links provided below, click the artwork of your choice, you can choose to adjust the background color and the image size. You will also see on that order page discounts available from when you purchase single cards to a box set of 10 or 25 religious Christmas cards. Envelopes included each card.

The inside of each card has a matte white finish and can be customized with your own message up to 500 characters in in length. If you don't have a message, you can copy and paste from one below into the box provided on the order page:


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WE BELIEVE in the miracle of the virgin birth
In a tiny baby who came to save the earth;
In a risen Savior who forgives sins;
In a love that knows no end.

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“A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small.” -Eva K. Logue

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“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To your friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” -Oren Arnold

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Faith makes all things possible, Hope makes all things work, Love makes all things beautiful, May you have all the three for this Christmas. Merry Christmas!

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God gave His greatest gift to us on that first Christmas Day and may the wonder of it always guide and light your way. Merry Christmas!

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She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,* because he will save his people from their sins.”
~ Matthew 1:21

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Do you send out Christmas cards through the Post Office or give boxed gift sets? Below at the links are a broad selection from both myself and the living artists of Fine Art America.


View my Best Sellers gallery. More information available in the gallery description.


Likewise, if you're looking for religious cards, here is the growing Christmas selection from Catholic Art Gallery on Fine Art America that I admin. Just click on any image and you will see your option to order your Greeting Cards.


Use this link for a larger selection of Casella Artwork https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/frankjcasella/art/christmas


Here are selections from past contests and for artwork by Fine Art America artists:


Use this link for a selection from my fellow artists on fineartamerica.com

Contest - Religious Christmas Cards.

Contest - Holy Christmas Greeting Cards.

Contest - Jesus Manger Prints and Greeting Cards.




About Greeting Cards:

Our greeting / note cards are 5" x 7" in size and are produced on digital offset printers using 110 lb. paper stock.

Each card is coated with a UV protectant on the outside surface which produces a semi-gloss finish.

The inside of each card has a matte white finish and can be customized with a text message up to 500 characters in length.

Cards can be ordered in a horizontal or vertical configuration.

Cards can be ordered with a white background or black background.

All greeting cards ship within one business day of the order date!

Each card comes with a white envelope for mailing and gift giving.


TIP: You can purchase individual card (orders) and mail each of them direct to your recipient!





Please let me know how I may be of further assistance to your Greeting Card needs, thank you for being my Customer.



Enjoy your day!

Frank J Casella, Artistic Photographer



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The Frank Casella Guide To Black Friday 2018

November 17th, 2018




As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, and traveling to visit family, things also become busy with Black Friday and the prospect of Christmas shopping.

So I would like to share with you not only resources to bookmark, but to let you know as well that for the rest of the year I will only send an email when there is an important update.

Because your time is valuable, and I respect it, I do not want to add to the increase of information you may be receiving during the Holiday's.


So here we go .....


Firstly, I anticipate Fine Art America / Pixels to host some free shipping days. And though I do not know when they are until hours beforehand, as they watch buying behaviors to launch them, may I suggest you find the items you'd like to purchase and add them to your shopping cart? This way, when the shipping days happen you do not have to search for your items.

Even though Fine Art America has 16 manufacturing centers located in 5 countries., shipping can get expensive. Especially with larger size items like canvas prints and framed wall prints, when free shipping comes in handy.



TIP: When buying framed prints be sure to click the link on each picture page size selection for standard sizes. This means that you can save a ton from buying glass and frame custom sized to the print, the artwork will be cropped to fit the selected size.




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Local peeps, may I suggest that you order prints only unframed, it will then be sent rolled in a tube. Then bring it to The Great Frame Up in Homedwood, IL. who will assist you with framing and save you a bundle (from shipping) as well.

You can also visit my work on their dedicated site at this link:
www.tgfu.frankjcasella.com.


If you would like the store to get credit from your online art purchase click the link below and enter into the search box

FRANK J CASELLA


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My final note is that, because my works are priced to be affordable to the masses, I don't plan to offer discount codes over the holiday season, with exception of Limited Time Canvas Promotions.

This is in comparison to the pricing of my colleagues across the Fine Art America website. I want you to enjoy my work, or gift it to others, and bring a sense of purpose or meaning to your life each day of the year.


With that said, here are some links on the Pixels site to resources so you can start shopping the full product line.



Christmas Greeting Cards Guide 2018 by Frank J Casella

Shop Artist Group Christmas Card Contests - Selelctions

Shop The Artist Groups I Follow

Shop My Favorite Artwork By Other Artists Of Pixels

Direct Product Links With My Photos

Limited Time Promotions Canvas Prints Check back every day or two for new promotions.

My Gallery Collections

Word Search My Blog. Example: Christmas, Chicago, Izaak Walton, Crucifix, Trees, Shadows, etc.




Thank you for being my Customer! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a blessed and meaningful Christmas Season!

Frank


'I produce and sell pictures of moments in time and human interaction, that share hope and God's love in the world'




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Canoes In The Snow - Color Photo by Frank J Casella

November 14th, 2018

Canoes In The Snow - Color Photo by Frank J Casella

Canoes In The Snow - Color Photo by Frank J Casella


I love this moment ... canoes arranged like a sculpture, and juxtaposed with the cloud pattern in the sky.

I also love the pinch of humanity, with the person walking on the path in the background.

In the aftermath of a huge snow storm, this is just a simple piece of art to illustrate the beauty of a winter scene. .. and, as this picture shows, there is a calm to every storm.

Canoes are meant for water, and here they have a purpose and place in the snow.

Make it a great day!



Thanks, and talk to you again soon!

Frank


PS. Here is a Wood Print in black and white: Canoes in the Snow - Monochrome





This moment in time is for sale at:


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Rainbow Through The Storm - Photo by Frank J Casella

November 12th, 2018

Rainbow Through The Storm - Photo by Frank J Casella

Rainbow Through The Storm by Frank J Casella


Behold the rainbow! Then bless its Maker, for majestic indeed is its splendor.

It spans the heavens with its glory, the hand of God has stretched it out in power.

- Sirach 43 : 11-12



Recently I heard a profound statement on a podcast by Fr. Larry Richards.

He said: - You are only blessed when you truly share your blessings, as that is why God gave it to you.

In other words, God comes to us in distressing ways - we need to take care of his people. People need people.

All of us are poor one way or another. Some of us have financial poverty, others of us spiritual poverty, for example.

Whether rich or poor both have at least one thing in common, and that is we share the same amount of time in a day. How we spend it determines our 'poverty'.

It is important to remember that during the storms of life, God is with us, we just need to see it as a 'blessing' and through the eyes of God.

His will for our lives is that we depend on Him ... through prayer, and then action. This is when we experience the power of His love.




If you want to receive blessings, you need to be a blessing.


Make it a great week!

Frank





This moment in time is for sale at:


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What Is Your WHY??

November 8th, 2018

Whether it be your work or your lifestyle, or even how you treat others, your ‘why’ has to be the base for everything you do.

There is a concept called ‘the golden circle’ developed by Simon Sinek. In the center is your why, next is your how and the outer ring is your what. As Simon puts it “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.”

You don’t do this alone. Some of us are better at our ‘why’, others are better at the ‘how’, and still others master the ‘what’.

Likewise, to figure out your strong points, it is advised that you develop a life vision statement, which is your ‘why, and a life mission statement, which is your ‘what’.

For example, my vision statement is: To share my hope of God’s love in the world.

My life mission statement is: To live my Catholic faith through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To be the man my wife and children need me to be. To share my hope of God’s love in the world … that others may share God’s love with others, because of what I do.

Without knowing your why in life, I believe, that you don’t have a purpose. As my late Father used to repeat: You have to stand for something or you will fall for anything.

Everything we do in life should start with why. In fact, to learn more about this concept I invite you to read the book my Sink with that title - “Start With Why”.

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The Spirit of Life - Framed Print by Frank J Casella

October 27th, 2018

The Spirit of Life - Framed Print by Frank J Casella

The Spirit Of Life - Framed Print by Frank J Casella

(Framed Print only at the link above, Prints and more to the right)



The Spirit of Life - This picture is one from many mornings spent shooting Chicago sunrise with my photo mentor, John H White, a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist.


His mantra is "Keep In Flight". To spread your wings on your dreams and do it. ... to share the "Light".



Note: This image has a border included in the art.


Have an enjoyable weekend. Talk to you next week,

Frank



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Chicago Morning Commute - Shower Curtain by Frank J Casella

October 24th, 2018

Chicago Morning Commute - Shower Curtain by Frank J Casella

Chicago Morning Commute - Shower Curtain by Frank J Casella


An 'EL' Train, River Taxi, Buses and Cars commute on a Chicago morning.


A classic Chicago scenic, with morning sunlight, window and water reflections, and even an America flag!



Enjoy your day!

Frank



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Perfect Moment - Photo by Frank J Casella

October 19th, 2018

Perfect Moment - Photo by Frank J Casella


Perfect Moment - Spiral Notebook by Frank J Casella




Although this scene may seem the perfect moment, as a photographer I have many choices now with the digital technology how I want to present the story.

I've learned not to wait for the perfection because, honestly, I would never stop tweaking it. Each time I see my completed work I would see the flaws.

So I took the mindset that only God is perfect, and purposely leave each work a little undone. I now no longer see the flaws, and people respond to my work far more than before.

Likewise, although this scene is the perfect family moment, I've never met a perfect family. The more we try to be, or make our family perfectly, the more we rob ourselves of happiness.

Enjoy your day!

Frank



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Autumn Raindrops Car Reflections by Frank J Casella

October 17th, 2018

Autumn Raindrops Car Reflections by Frank J Casella

Autumn Raindrops Car Reflections Metal Print by Frank J Casella




Wet Midwest Autumn leaves and raindrops on the hood of a car reflecting the cloudy sky.



There is a certain beauty to the changing of each season. Fall is the most profound I think, because the changing colors of the trees and the weather from warm to cool.



There is also a certain beauty to the changing seasons of a family. An example of this for me are the elements of my children getting older ...



We now ave three Ford's in our driveway, as my two sons have bought their own (For you Ford fanatics: a Fusion and California Special Mustang). My parent's bought their first Ford in the 1950's, and so a third generation continues ...



I reflect now on the day's of my first car and how well I took care of it -- so the raindrops would bead off the paint -- before the next season of life came, that took my attention away from this a bit.



Seasons come and go, both in life and with nature. As it changes over time, some things never change.



Enjoy your day!

Frank



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October Vibes - Color Photo by Frank J Casella

October 12th, 2018

October Vibes - Color Photo by Frank J Casella

October Vibes - Color Photo by Frank J Casella


I love to walk down the street on mornings in October. The cool Autumn air and the changing colors in the trees, with the strong sunlight and shadows. Throw in pumpkins on a picket fence for good measure.

When I look at this scene all of my problems go away, and I see how simple things bring dramatic beauty to our world.


Enjoy your day!

Frank


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How to have true joy

October 11th, 2018



If there is one thing that makes me smile is that when I see people with true joy. When we smile with joy, it makes people wonder what we're up to.

This is because many of us need more joy. We tend to focus on our problems, and not so much our blessings. Would you agree?

As a photographer who 'studies' body language, as this is what I use for the story telling in my pictures, I find that many of us try to live life in our own strength.

For those of us who believe, our conversion to God is not a one time thing. It is a daily thing .. and work in progress.

We also need to concentrate to replace our bad habits with our good habits ... or create new ones to begin with. And THINK!

For example, when each of my children started the season of their teenage years my wife and I would sit them down and explain the house rule of friendship love.

What this means is there is no dating allowed until they are old enough to be married. Because in our culture today, if you are dating someone it is common thought that you're having sex with them. If you are a Christian, sex is a sacred gift for the marriage bed.

The important thing is to be friends with everyone, and this relieves all the relationship issues common today with teenage love. ... and boy's testosterone changes.

My oldest this year turned 21, so I asked him why he's not a girlfriend yet. He told me the friendship love rule forced him to look at women as a person, and he also observed the confusion from his friends about who they should hook up with next.

He said that he didn't understand the rule to begin with, but then once girls befriended him because they felt his sincere respect for them, he came to realize that whomever he dates must be at a time both are ready for marriage, and he'll know by how they are a gift to each other.

You see, our daily life experiences, and how we respond to conversion, is what brings joy to our lives. And to keep things SIMPLE.

Anyone who believes they can do things on their own, without tapping into an outside source bigger than ourselves, can not experience true joy.

Instead we do things based on feeling or desire, as a wandering generality instead of a meaningful specific.

So, each day look at life through the eyes of God, and let me know when you experience true joy.





Enjoy your day!

Frank J Casella
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Measuring Up To Jesus - Photo by Frank J Casella

October 4th, 2018

Measuring Up To Jesus - Photo by Frank J Casella

Measuring Up To Jesus - Acrylic Print by Frank J Casella



The other day when I was on Twitter a quote I saw from sales guru hit me: “You become what you think about all day long”. It made me ponder on what I think about every day, which lead me to realize how much my thinking – and lifestyle – has changed over the years.


I used to be more selfish, helping and serving others with the end motive of serving my own needs and ego, and praying for my own needs – talking to God more than listening. St. Francis says [that] it is through giving that we receive, and I took it literal.


Today … when I give of myself I don’t look for what I receive, because the real gift is how God is blessing others through me .. which I may never see. My agenda has become God’s agenda. Said another way, I live my life as a prayer.


If we focus our attention on bad news and gossip (about Christians) we will miss God's incredible, visionary, optimistic purpose for every believer: to grow so much in our faith that we shine like beacons to everyone around us!


God's vision for each church is that we would grow so much in our love for God that we'd love people the way He loves them: unconditionally and passionately. He want's us to be filled up with Christ's grace, truth, and purpose so that everything we do will reflect Him to those around us.


I assure you, the longer you look at Jesus on that Cross, the more He will speak to you about who you are and how you can become more Holy.


The greatest image I have of my late father is how he prayed the rosary, looking at the Cross, each morning in a room with only the window light – just him and God – before leaving for work.


The greatest image my children say they have of me is how I kiss the crucifix each morning as soon as I wake up. What they don’t see is how often I spend just looking at it in holy contemplation.


"If a hypocrite is standing between you and God, it just means the hypocrite is closer to God than you are." -- Zig Ziglar




Enjoy your day! Talk to you again tomorrow!

Frank


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Gold on Gold - Color Square Autumn Photo by Frank J Casella

October 4th, 2018

Gold on Gold - Color Square Autumn Photo by Frank J Casella

Gold On Gold Carry-all Pouch by Frank J Casella



Gold Autumn leaves illuminated by the golden hour sunlight, with blue sky backdrop.

Hope the brilliance of this moment in time makes you smile as it does with me.

(Be sure to view the video below the product, found at the link above, to learn more)


Enjoy your day! Talk to you again tomorrow!

Frank


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City 0f Chicago - River Tour - Featured

October 1st, 2018

City 0f Chicago - River Tour - Featured

City Of Chicago - River Tour Framed Print by Frank J Casella



A Tour Boat, Water Taxi, and Kayaks enjoy a beautiful weather day on the Chicago River in Chicago Illinois.

A few short weeks from now and there will be ice on that river.

What I love most about this picture are the deep shadows and reflections, and the vibe of all the people and activity, that really shows the beauty of this city.

This also makes a beautiful Shower Curtain to pair with the framed print at the link above.

With the busyness of life, at least for me, we often need to spend time to study the still moments like this and let them speak to us

Enjoy your day! Talk to you again soon!

Frank


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7 Favorite Fall Photos By Frank J Casella

September 29th, 2018

Flowers and Trees Gallery by Frank J Casella



Happy Fall 2018! Here are 7 of my favorite photos of the Autumn season. Click each to view larger on the site. Enjoy!




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The first day of the autumnal equinox — also called the September equinox and the fall equinox in the Northern Hemisphere — which falls on September 22, 2018!


If you'd like to check out more of my Autumn photography click here for the Flowers and Trees Gallery - Payment, printing and shipping is handled by my partnership with PIXELS (Fine Art America).

Enjoy!!




Have an enjoyable season! Thank you for being my customer!

Frank



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Pine Cones Morning Sunlight - Color Photo by Frank J Casella

September 25th, 2018

Pine Cones Morning Sunlight - Color Photo by Frank J Casella

Pine Cones Morning Sunlight Spiral Notebook by Frank J Casella on Fine Art America


There is nothing like the golden hour morning light and deep shadows of Autumn. Love it!




Enjoy your day! Talk to you again soon!

Frank


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Autumn Wonder Acrylic Print by Frank J Casella

September 21st, 2018

Autumn Wonder Acrylic Print by Frank J Casella

Autumn Wonder Acrylic Print by Frank J Casella


The glorious colors of late autumn wonder illuminates a suburban street in midwest America - my home town of Homewood, Illinois.


This is one in a series of photographs in preparation for the first day of the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox and the fall equinox in the Northern Hemisphere—which falls on September 22 this year!


If you'd like to check out the latest blog entry about my Autumn photography here is a link to some of them on my PhotoBlog.


Enjoy your day! Talk to you again soon!

Frank



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Autumn Puddle Reflection - Square Color Photo by Frank J Casella

September 20th, 2018

Autumn Puddle Reflection - Square Color Photo by Frank J Casella

Autumn Puddle Reflection - Coffee Mug by Frank J Casella



The elements of Fall are upon us: The cooler weather, falling leaves, rain puddles, and the aroma of baked pies and bonfires.


I like Fall the most, and the thing I like most about Fall is how fast the details change. From colorful trees, to watching like overnight how the leaves fall to change the landscape into these colors.


Before you know it the trees are bare, and colder weather sets in.


I also like the details of the sidewalk in this picture. The rough texture juxtaposed with the dampness and the puddle. And how the leaves on the puddle juxtapose with the reflection of the leaves in the trees. A great picture of the elements for your Coffee Mug.


Each of the seasons bring with it elements and details of art created by God. Often times I feel that God is just waiting for us to show up with our camera to click the shutter.


For this reason I invite you to visit my photoblog for more pictures.


If you’ve sweated your way through a long hot summer, you might be ready for a change in season! The autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox and the fall equinox in the Northern Hemisphere—falls on September 22 this year!



Enjoy your day! Talk to you again soon!

Frank



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Beautiful Autumn - Square Color Photo by Frank J Casella

September 19th, 2018

Beautiful Autumn - Square Color Photo by Frank J Casella

Beautiful Autumn - Greeting Cards by Frank J Casella

Soft color art photograph of Autumn on a suburban street in Midwest America.

This wonderful pallet of colors lined down this road lends itself to greeting cards, and for notes of almost any subject matter.

This is one in a series of Autumn photographs in preparation for the first day of Fall later this week.

Remember, with Greeting Cards, the more you buy… the more you save. Type a message inside your cards and mail directly to your recipient.

Enjoy your day! Talk to you tomorrow!

Frank


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Illuminating Autumn - Framed Print by Frank J Casella

September 18th, 2018

Illuminating Autumn - Framed Print by Frank J Casella

Illuminating Autumn - Framed Print by Frank J Casella



A color art photograph of golden Autumn trees on a suburban street in Midwest America, illuminated by a sidewalk light.


I love the mood of this neighborhood moment in time, and how you can almost hear the rustling leaves.


This is a first in a series of Autumn photographs in preparation for the first day of Fall later this week. .



Have an enjoyable day! Talk to you tomorrow!

Frank



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Flowers - White And Pink Hibiscus - Square Photo by Frank J Casella

September 17th, 2018

Flowers - White And Pink Hibiscus - Square Photo by Frank J Casella

White And Pink Hibiscus - Square Photo by Frank J Casella



Found these flowers on some bushes while out for a walk.


Here in Chicagoland we're going to have a couple more hot and humid days before the first day of Fall later in the week.


So thought I'd send you one of the last summer pictures to make you smile.


Because the rest of this week I'll be sharing pictures of Autumn.


May you have a wonderful first day to the rest of the week!



By the way, this picture looks really nice on a Phone Case.



God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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There Is Mutch To Be Said For Authenticity

September 12th, 2018

There Is Mutch To Be Said For Authenticity

There Is Much To Be Said For Authenticity by Frank J Casella


There is something to be said for authenticity.


For example, when it comes to my pictures, I try to keep the image processing as natural as possible to the original subject photographed.


With artistic expression authenticity, I keep to possessing original or inherent authority.


In other words, I share my vision to improve on the original subject but keep true to originality, honesty and integrity.


Likewise, in life, there is so much we need to filter through to find what is authentic.


Because sources we listen to sometimes take their vision or expression too far, or to the point, of deciding what they think we need to hear.


It's good to listen to what they say but, keep our eyes open.



The most radical antidote to the virus of falsehood is purification by the truth.



Luckily, the internet makes this easier to do.




God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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I Am The Light Of The World by Frank J Casella

September 7th, 2018

I Am The Light Of The World by Frank J Casella

I Am The Light Of The World by Frank J Casella



I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
JN 8:12



As we transition from the lazy summer months back to school or our busy lives, it is important to remember to keep balance and rest in our daily routine.


God says that we will have the light of life when we follow Him. And the best way to follow Him is to spend time with him through his word the Bible, prayer, and listening.


If you are Catholic, many of us do this through going to daily Mass.


Time with God doesn’t take as much time as you may think, just like how God says 10 percent is the tithe to spend from our income.


The hard question is do we spend more time with social media, for example, than we do with God or can we balance this better?


I chose these words for this picture because it reminds me how the beauty of sunlight, that God created, illuminates and impacts the world.


How much more can each of us have, and be, the Light of life when we follow Him?




This picture, by the way, looks really nice on a phone case to remind ourselves that we have the light of life when we follow Him.




God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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Favorite Jeans -- Color Photo by Frank J Casella

September 5th, 2018

Favorite Jeans -- Color Photo by Frank J Casella

Favorite Jeans -- Color Photo by Frank J Casella

At one time you could call these jeans 'nice threads' and now they are worn, as these are my favorite jeans. Can't seem to let them go.

You can tell by how they are worn, these jeans have been through many experiences. Just like how I’ve lived through many experiences, as a photographer, a Catholic, husband, and father, etc.

Sometimes experiences make me feel worn. Other times these experiences provide the wisdom to help others by knowing what not to do, for example.

I am sure you have a favorite pair of jeans, you like how they fit or how they look on you. They provide comfort, a sure thing to be expected. Hard to let them go.

The important thing to remember here is about attachment, and keeping this in perspective.

To appreciate the blessings of the things we posses, and only to become attached to God and family, and others we love. For this is what we truly can not do without.



God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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When Men Put God First

August 31st, 2018

When Men Put God First


When Men Put God First - by Frank J Casella

When Men put God first, all else falls into their proper place.


I've a Photo Gallery "Catholic Subjects". Part of this shares my artwork that illustrates the impact how when men make Christ the center of their lives.

You may know that, in addition to being a photographer, I am Executive Director of Catholic Men Chicago Southland. This is a Catholic apostolate that I co-founded with Bishop Joseph N. Perry and Deacon John Rangel.

A portion of the proceeds from my artwork in this gallery will be donated to CMCS. I'll be adding more photography so visit the gallery and come back often.


The CMCS Mission: Catholic Men Chicago Southland fosters Catholic Men in personal holiness, and to make Jesus Christ the center of their daily lives. CMCS is a Catholic Apostolate of Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry of Chicago.

Vision: “Nurturing Catholic Men’s Spirituality in the Chicago Southland”


I have seen personally how when you foster Men in holiness, the adjustments that Man makes can be felt for at least three generations deep.



God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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Truth Will Set You Free by Frank J Casella

August 29th, 2018

Truth Will Set You Free by Frank J Casella

The Truth Will Set You Free - by Frank J Casella


The forgiveness we receive in confession & the forgiveness we offer to others, feed each other: each helps us do the other better.


A major tenant of our faith is that Jesus came to set us free and that with repentance, all sins can be washed clean.


I pray that all of us will ask God to help us to believe in Truth, and seek Him above all else.



"Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him, " If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. " "

John 8:31-32


God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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First Light Blue - Photography by Frank J Casella

August 25th, 2018

First Light Blue - Photography by Frank J Casella

First Light Blue - Photography by Frank J Casella


The first morning sunlight through trees

Yesterday is history,

Tomorrow is a mystery,

Today is a gift,

That is why we call it the present.


God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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An Interview With Frank J Casella

August 22nd, 2018

An Interview With Frank J Casella

An Interview With Frank J Casella


Recently I was interviewed by Profiles In Catholicism Blog. Please take a moment to read and learn. Thank you so much!


God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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Foggy Morning Bus Ride - Photo by Frank J Casella

August 20th, 2018

Foggy Morning Bus Ride - Photo by Frank J Casella

Foggy Morning Bus Ride - Square Color Photo by Frank J Casella


Buses travel their routes down the road through the morning fog.


I was set up to make this picture of the fog and waited for a car to come through the frame.


Instead, it was these big yellow buses. Which I think made for a better story telling picture. The black and white is just as powerful I think.


All of us, I am sure, have memories of our childhood school days, and riding in the yellow bus. We also have all experienced working our way through the fog, whether in school or through life.


These are the messages you see from moments like this when you live your life as a prayer, in communication with God.


I could not arrange this if I tried, nor did I think of such a moment. But more than the moment, it is about the message behind what this moment says to the viewer.


With God, there are no coincidences.



God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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Reflection - by Frank J Casella

August 15th, 2018

Reflection - by Frank J Casella

Reflection - Black and White photo by Frank J Casella


A man sits by a Reflection fountain in Chicago Illinois.


In our busy lives silence, as they say, is golden.


When you give God the space to speak, He has a lot to say.



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Blue Chicago Blizzard - Color Photo by Frank J Casella

August 8th, 2018

Blue Chicago Blizzard - Color Photo by Frank J Casella

Blue Chicago Blizzard - Color Photo by Frank J Casella


A person walks bravely down the street through a snowy Blue Chicago Blizzard.


The comments on this photo say more about it than I ever could, check it out click and scroll down



God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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Through the Years by Frank J Casella

August 6th, 2018

Through the Years  by Frank J Casella

Through the Years by Frank J Casella


If this tree could only talk the tales it would have to tell. .... it shows off all it's structure and lots of new growth . … Makes me think about the twists and turns of life.


I think trees are very symbolic of life, they give us air to breath and are just plain beautiful in every stage


What did God have in mind when He made trees?




God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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How To Promote Your Artwork on LinkedIn by Frank J Casella

August 3rd, 2018

How To Promote Your Artwork on LinkedIn by Frank J Casella

With LinkedIn the main platform that I use online to promote my artistic photography, as I’ve been a LinkedIn member for a decade now, I’m noticing more and more artists doing the same as well. I’ve been asked the question several times how to use LinkedIn to promote your art, so I thought it be a good idea to post my answer here, as many of you might be thinking about this as well.


There are an increasingly number of ways to utilize LinkedIn, so I share here the top five that work for me at this time. Considering you have the basic information completed on your profile using appreciate keywords in all the areas provided (Headline, summary, and experiences, etc.):



Share an Update - The update box is at the top of your LInkedIn feed on the homepage. Posts there are known to go deeper in reach than Twitter. But LinkedIn is NOT like Twitter, meaning that you don’t post a dozen updates a day with sales words that say ‘buy me’. The key is to share one to four updates a day, or at the very least three times a week, that are interesting and uplifting to your connections. You want to develop relationships that can help with referrals or sales and, remember, on LinkedIn as in life, it is better to give than to receive.


I share to my LinkedIn feed once every three or four updates my thoughts and a picture. The rest of the time I share articles or updates that I find might be helpful to my connections (some from my blog), about art and photography, or just about making it through life. For my pictures I share inspirational words that came to mind when I made the picture, and these are usually a copy from my posts on Flickr that have good traction already.



Followers and Connections - The thing about LinkedIn is that it's not only about your connections or who you know, its about who they know. What I mean by this is it’s important that you make connections with people who you know, or who know you, and not everyone who asks to connect with you. This is because you are a point of referral for all your connections, just as much as they are for you. I have two separate audiences on Linkedin, for my photography and for my nonprofit, and I overlap them for better networking.


For this reason I usually ask people who request to connect with me to Follow me. I state on my profile summary that “Instead of sending a connection request, please Follow me found at the 'More' button (I save the 30k LinkedIn connection limit for people I know, clients I work with and potential prospects.)” The reason for this is when I need to make contact with a potential prospect then I can reach out to my connection base and be confident that we know each other enough for me to ask for an introduction, and the same goes for them with me.


The way to increase your connections is to join groups, as you can then communicate with group members as if they’re a connection. You really don’t need a lot of connections to do business as an artist, you just need the right connections. More about this I will share in a future article.



LinkedIn Blog - There is a powerful blog platform on LinkedIn, sometimes called ‘Pulse” or “Publishing Platform” all the same thing. The main function of this is to share your expertise and not use sales lingo, but save your call to action for the bottom of the post (if you use one at all). LinkedIn encourages that you copy your blog posts from your website or other platforms where you share articles, and it’s up to you if you want to link back to them or not, I usually don’t. I more often link to the picture used in the blog that is posted on Flickr, and in my Flickr picture descriptions are the links where to purchase my works.


The thing about the blog post is to share information that inspires the reader to want to share it. You won’t do this right away, but over time, and with practice. I am still working on this myself, and the important thing is that you practice the good habit of developing your writing towards this idea. You also have articles now that you can personally share multiple times on your LinkedIn feed and with people who ask about your work, and save you the time to explain things multiple times with your prospects.



LinkedIn Company Page - If you are familiar with how Facebook works, you can have a personal profile and you can also as an Artist have a business page. Well on LinkedIn the Business Page is called a Company Page. The main function to use a Company Page as an Artist is for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), as if you keep posting to the feed at least once a week, your page should show up on the first page on the search engines. Beyond this there are other features that are more useful to a larger company, but make sure the image to your Company Page is linked to your experience section on your LinkedIn profile. Because then a visitor can click the logo and be taken directly to your Company Page for more information or to follow for updates.


I post at least once a week on my Company Page a blog entry from my artist website, otherwise I usually share a new picture from Flickr that have my words of thought or inspiration.



Website Section - If you look at your LinkedIn profile page, you will see a link that says something like “view contact info”. This is where LinkedIn allows you to post at least three websites and your Twitter account. You can post here locations that you want your visitors to find you. As of this writing I post where to buy my art, the blog for my nonprofit, and the subscription form for my mailing list.


Depending who you talk to, its optional to also share your contact information in your profile summary section. There are many LinkedIn gurus now, and I’ve read many of their books, the two who seem the most grounded and make things digestible for me as an Artist are Melony Dodaro and Wayne Breitbarth. Check them out.



Everything I'm doing recently on LinkedIn is for feedback to master my craft, the rest of what happens I consider gravy. Though I have seen business from being on LinkedIn, the key about social media and online communities is that activity doesn’t mean accomplishment. Rather a means to promote what it is you do and develop professional relationships.

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Down the path you will find your friend - By Frank J Casella

August 1st, 2018

Down the path you will find your friend - By Frank J Casella

Friends Walking the Wetlands Trail - Color Photo by Frank J Casella


We all need good examples in our lives. To show us how how to live better, and foster goodness and hope for ourselves.

Because we can never have enough of this, and need to see more of it in this world.

The best way, I have found, to find people who are good examples, is to firstly be this to others.

Goodness is contagious, and attractive, and you’ll be amazed how in due time down the path you will find your friend.

But, again, the key is that it is through our giving that we receive.


God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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The Beauty of Nature by Frank J Casella

July 28th, 2018

The Beauty of Nature by Frank J Casella

The Beauty of Nature - Square Photo by Frank J Casella


The beauty of nature gives freely from season to season. It's a sign of God's love in the world.

Likewise, the law of reciprocity is a principle God instituted to bless us, that what we give will come back to us. But He's more interested in the attitude of our hearts than the numbers on the check, so to speak.



God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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My Daily Success Habits by Frank J Casella

July 26th, 2018

My Daily Success Habits by Frank J Casella

Many people who I find successful have a set of daily habits to get them to where their goals are. So I thought it might be fun to share my daily success habits in the hopes it might give you some ideas or inspire your success in some way.

“The Fastest Way to Success, is to Replace Bad Habits with Good Habits” — Tom Ziglar


My goal as an artistic photographer is to produce and sell pictures of moments in time and human interaction, that share hope and God’s love in the world, through my Catholic Faith.

"Success is doing the very best I can every chance I get with what I have for a purpose that is bigger than I am and that will outlive me." — Ike Reighard


So, here is a list of the things I do each weekday, and some of why I do them. I’ve streamlined this to be an easy read:

5:30 am - Wake up time and take the dog outside, check the weather and spend a few minutes thinking about the new day, and how to overlap it from yesterday. Life is too short, and the best way to live is to always take care of unfinished business, and this includes thinking about how to correct anything that went wrong the day before, then get it done.

Go inside, spend a few minutes in prayer gazing at the crucifix. This helps me put things into perspective, humbles me, and reminds me of my purpose in life.

Read and listen to the Daily Readings, then watch the Daily Video Reflection - I try to pull out a sentence from one of these and write in on a piece of paper. I then look at the words on that paper throughout the day, and try to either live it out or let it speak to me about my habits and goals.


Open the Daily Insights book and read the reflection and write down answers to the questions. Spend much time in thought to let God speak to me. So this means, as the nuns told me as a kid, God gave me to ears and one mouth - listen.


"Don't neglect your spiritual reading - reading has made many Saints." ~ St. Josemaria Escriva


Pull out my short task list that I made the night before to confirm or update items to be done for the day. As each gets done I check it off. And I do this all on paper, because for me it is faster and I feel an excitement to check off each item and get rid of the list.

Many of us check social media throughout the day, to see what we’ve missed or who has responded to our posts. I find it more productive to give my task list my attention. In other words, I would rather produce than consume social media where others make money on my activity. Just like I don’t watch much TV because someone is making money while I sit there doing nothing productive. Life is too short.


6:30 am - Make breakfast for the dog, eat as my family wakes up to go about their day, and chat with them a bit.

Open Flickr, as I’m not on Facebook, and check up on several photographers (what Flickr calls members) who post to this community their life stories and updates with their pictures. I also check email subject lines and messages and only open that what seems urgent.

I then decide if I’m going to post my own picture and reflection for that day, or move on to check LinkedIn and the community on Fine Art America.

At this point it’s reading time: blogs and books, and articles about productivity, marketing, lifestyle, faith, etc. Many of the people who’ve achieve much in life, and who are the most wealthy (money or knowledge), have spent much time reading.


8:30 am - Work on pictures, organizing, editing, updating my photography profile page and the online artist groups I curate.

10:30 am - Work on the business of my business - phone calls, emails, bills, etc. My favorite thing is to clean my inbox and my desk.

11:30 - Lunch with the dog, after we go outside to play fetch.

12:00 pm - Nap time. I learned this from my mother, who for over fifty years ran the family business while I was growing up. I use this time to rest my eyes and sort in my mind the next and most productive part of my day.

12:30 - Deep work time. This is where I do my writing on blog posts / email newsletters or go out an make new pictures (sometimes I switch this to the start of the day based on the weather) as my best work is usually after I wake up rested. Note that I turn off all distractions and set my mobile device so only my family can contact me.

3:00 pm - snack time ( the dogs favorite part of the day next to walking ). Its very healthy to have proper nutrition and times to take a break from the tasks of the day. It’s also an excuse for more coffee.

3:30 - Housekeeping and maintenance. This is where I take care of the needs around the house or for my family needs.

5:00 - Prepare for food and spending time with family. Dinner is at 6pm! A few days a week I cook with the Weber Grill, which I find to be good therapy and sort of my hobby that benefits my family as well. As a Catholic and Italian / German, food is a central part of community.

7:00 - Take the dog for a walk. Spend time thinking during and after the walk, if I don't have family with me. It’s important to spend time thinking, even if it’s boring thoughts, as we need to give our brains a time to rest in this information overload society. Many times, I have found personally, we have a hard time making decisions because we don’t make proper time to think. The thoughts most important to us will come to the surface in due time, once we drain our brains of all the clutter.

Also, its important to take your dog for a walk every day, as it firstly helps to develop socialization, and this is a time we also establish the leadership bond with our dogs. I like to have rescue dogs in our home, as we find that when you love them with leadership they know the difference and give that love back so much more. Many people have told us how well trained our dogs have been, both in the house and on the street, and this is because we take them through the paces when out for a walk, which removes issues inside the home. As our dog behaviorist, Tracy Lenderink, often said, "Its not about obedience, but leadership. Who's at the end of the leash".


8:00 pm - Nonprofit work. This is when I work on the needs for the Catholic Men Chicago Southland that I co-founded, along with the Catholic Chicago Men’s Conference. Sometimes I move this to another part of the day if I have a coffee meeting to mentor Catholic men.

9:00 pm - Listen to an audio book or music and wind down before bed time.


Tip - One important things that helped me with this structure is from my friend Christine Harrington - as you go through your day write down in fifteen minute increments what you did. Then after each day, and then each week, look to see where your can make better use of your time. We all need structure in our lives, even though we think we need more freedom. You really don’t know where your time goes until you write it down.

"Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." -- Pope John Paul II


Searching For Dawn by Frank J Casella

July 23rd, 2018

Searching For Dawn by Frank J Casella

Searching For Dawn - Photography by Frank J Casella


The morning sun peeks through the trees behind a fence.

As much as we’d like to have everything handed to us in life, it is through our struggles and searching that we find our true selves, and develop a life well lived.



God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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First Thaw After the First Snow by Frank J Casella

July 20th, 2018

First Thaw After the First Snow by Frank J Casella

First Thaw After The First Snow - Photography by Frank J Casella


The morning sunlight radiates a marvelous scenic of droplets of melting snow from the trees. How much can we likewise allow God to radiate His love for a beautiful life from our past struggles and storms.



God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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iPhones and Rainbows

July 20th, 2018

iPhones and Rainbows

iPhones and Rainbows by Frank J Casella


The rainbow is a sign of God's promises and hope of His love in the world.

In this day and age of digital technology you’ll never miss a picture of a rainbow.

Digital cameras changed photography, and now smart phones are changing digital cameras.

Which brings me to the point of this post, how making pictures of rainbows now is not so much about the camera as it is the photographer.

How you compose an image and tell a story is more simple and quick than ever, and less and less do you have to play with adjustments or post processing.

Yes, it is said that more pictures have been taken with the smartphone camera than all the pictures in the history of photography ... think about that.


So keep snapping and sharing, and enjoy life.



God bless you! Have an enjoyable day!

Frank


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Welcome to Square Art World - Artist Group

July 18th, 2018

Welcome to Square Art World - Artist Group

Welcome to Square Art World - Artist Group


Friend's, at the link, I would like to introduce you to an artist group that I recently began to curate on Pixels / Fine Art America.

This group displays the fine art of Square Artwork. traditional paintings, photography, sculpture and drawings, etc..

What I love most about this format is the ability to provide strong composition, balanced with story telling elements that create emotion and immediate impact. I'm inspired by how many of you purchase greeting cards and frame them for your night stand or desk, or to give to a friend

Square format often times is easier to decorate with as well, as the art is often more forgiving when arranging your wall decor. The square also fits well inside the dimentions of the Hand Bags, Pillows and Shower Curtains, and Mugs, and plays well with the Round Beach Towel which is the latest craze.

This will make it six groups that I curate, simply because I enjoy meeting new colleagues and share their works, as well as to raise the bar on what is exhibited and make it easy for you to sort out.

Thank you very much! Enjoy your day!

Frank J Casella, Photographer


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Where Is Your Faith by Frank J Casella

July 13th, 2018

Where Is Your Faith  by Frank J Casella

Where Is Your Faith - Landscape Photography by Frank J Casella


Having faith sometimes is like looking into the clouds and seeing nothing, and yet other times like seeing colors in the sky.

There are circumstances where we have lack of faith, and other times where our faith has saved us.

The important thing, I think, is to learn from each what either didn't work or what did. So that we can do better tomorrow.

Our purpose on earth, to those of us who believe, is to bring hope to the poor in spirit, and thus foster our own poverty through living out our faith.


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Breezeway - photo by Frank J Casella

July 11th, 2018

Breezeway - photo by Frank J Casella

Chasing the sunlight, I found this morning light moment in a back yard of my neighborhood. Made with the iPad camera.



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Fun In The Sun by Frank J Casella

July 10th, 2018

Fun In The Sun by Frank J Casella

These Cone Flowers remind me of the summer vibe. How they reach for the sun, and soak it right up like many of us go to the beach.

They also remind us that we are to embrace life with a positive attitude. It makes life more colorful, and also makes people want to know what you're up to.

Enjoy your life!

“When you focus on problems, you get more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you have more opportunities.” — Zig ZIglar





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Believe By Frank J Casella

July 3rd, 2018

Believe  By Frank J Casella

There are several ways to believe. We can believe in ourselves or someone else. We can believe in a certain way to do something. We can also believe In what others tell us.

The important thing for me is when I believe that it’s my own thinking, and not what another person wants me to beleive. Sometimes, when I do this I can feel all alone.

So, there needs to be, I have found, a source for your convictions. A measuring stick if you will. That source for me is Jesus Christ -- not because we live in a Christan nation or that the majority still believes in Christianity.

Rather because the words and actions of Jesus are proven, and have impacted my life to the point of that is what I beleive. Jesus also brings us to a form of independence. ...

Those who live contrary to the designs and plans of God are courting destruction and Death — not simply the death of the body, but the death of the soul.

Living in a way contrary to the purposes of our human nature made in the image of God inevitably leads to suffering and mourning. The lies we tell ourselves and those we accept from our culture lead to ever more complex justifications which inevitably damage our spiritual health, sending us into spirals of sin which further blind us.

Such justification with out repentance ultimately leads to destruction. It is only by loving God’s truth more than human praise that we can come to true repentance, which frees us to live in accord with God’s purposes revealed to us in Jesus Christ, the perfect image of God.






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Winter Can Be Beautiful by Frank J Casella

June 29th, 2018

Winter Can Be Beautiful by Frank J Casella



Just a reminder, in case you are too hot in Chicagoland today.






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The significance of a light post - by Frank J Casella

June 26th, 2018

The significance of a light post - by Frank J Casella

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I don't know about you, but I take a light post for granted. It's one of those things in life that is seen but not noticed .. unless, of course, if its not lit or even there and you need the light.


This one has some fragrant flowers attached to it, to bring beauty to life both day and night.


In a similar way, our lives can be a light post to others, to show them the way.


And this depends on if we spend our time around true leaders, read books, and put our trust in God who is a bigger source outside ourselves. All of which help us to make educated decisions to know what we believe.


What would we do if we didn't have people in our lives to show us the way? The right way. Not the way of listening to others about the ways of the world, or listen to ourselves talk, but with trusted and proven advice.


Just like I take a light post for granted, I also take for granted the significance I have on others around me.


How about you?




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How To Make Pictures That Tell A Story

June 17th, 2018

How To Make Pictures That Tell A Story

Most of my work as a Catholic photographer has been to document public figures: statesmen, celebrities, professional athletes, and leaders of the world religions. This is important work because what your camera is doing is telling the story of history in the making in ways that words cannot. I have had to learn to be a tight-lipped and trustworthy person who has excellent relationship skills, yet is unnoticed and doesn’t get in the way of the moment -- a fly on the wall. I've learned to remain humble in the moment, too, and not let the “power” faze me. They will pick up on it, and this will show in the pictures.

Many of my people pictures from over the years have become fine art photography. Though in recent years there has been an interest in street photography as fine art, which are pictures that illustrate a society or a culture, I try to tell a stronger story with my pictures and go deeper to transform the viewer to stop them, to make a more positive and lasting impression.

Many of you will not be in the position to photograph public people in private moments, but you may be in situations that call for you to be like a fly on the wall. The key to making pictures of people in this way is the element of waiting. I’ve mostly learned (how to do) this because of how I was born in an Italian Catholic family, as my camera has found its way into in many churches. People here are deeply personal, reverent and holy, and its important to be sensitive yet understand that a click of the shutter in the right moment will tell a great story (about today) in the next decade or century.

When I start walking around a church with my camera, for example, people will usually watch me for a while. But then after some time I start to fall into the background and they forget I’m there. I then somewhat have their trust, and, it is at this moment their heart and Soul comes to life ... An outward expression of their inner thoughts or beliefs.

Back when I shot more film, my workhorse cameras were the Nikon F3HP with a quiet shutter. It was important too for my lenses to have a lot of glass (I mostly used the 85mm f/1.4), which means they need to be really bright and let in a lot of light. Now that digital sensors see a lot more light this is a bit easier, but the rules are still the same to prevent motion and un-focussed pictures. This brings me to the key element of all this ...

You really need to be one with your camera and feel the light as your camera sees it.

For example, sometimes I will be propped discreetly in a corner with my eye on a moment and, to capture it, I’ll need to hold the camera at waist level. If the subject sees me move the camera to my eye the moment will change instantly. So, I may only get one shot and it will have to be right. You learn this by practicing it and making all the mistakes so that you know what not to do in the ‘real’ moment.

My present workhorse digital camera is the Pentax K-10D. It has a CCD sensor that collects the image as analog then converts it to digital. The results are images that look like film to me. This is how I want my images to look and feel, because I usually don’t post process any more than a slight tweak. I do most of the work (composition, lighting, and exposure, etc.) in-camera through the viewfinder, as if it where still a film camera.

I'm also now experimenting with iPhone photography in a documentary form, known as Art Phoneography.

One of the great documentary photographers, Edward Steichen, whom I studied while a student at Columbia College Chicago, has said “Photography is a major force in explaining man to man”. It is these words that really have made a lasting impression on every time I click the shutter. Because humanity needs images that are examples of hope and goodness.

Art is not a luxury, and my mission is to share hope and God's love in the world.

Why is this?

Because growing up as a Catholic, it was impressed on me that many of the Catholic Saints were born with shortcomings. How they are recognized by the Church today, through icons and illustrations, is because of how they transformed their shortcomings into virtues or goodness.

Likewise, all of us posses goodness, and (because of this) we need ‘fly on the wall’ examples that tell the story of (your) history in the making in ways that words can not.

So keep making pictures that tell a story about life.


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Caption: Cardinal Blase Cupich (then archbishop) of Chicago prays at the Tabernacle before Mass during a parish visit.



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Fence on the Wooded Green by Frank J Casella

June 13th, 2018

Fence on the Wooded Green by Frank J Casella

Fence on the Wooded Green by Frank J. Casella

A white picket fence wraps between the trees at the Glenwoodie Golf Course in Illinois.

I am not a golfer. But I love to ride in the cart. When I photograph golf outings they give me a cart to tool around. I often can find time to go off into the nooks and crannies of the course to look for it's beauty.

Here I found the details of a tree and its leaning trunk to be most interesting juxtaposition with the curved straight lines of a white picket fence.

It is said that more business transactions happen on the golf course than anywhere else. I've also seen more money donated to important causes through golf outings than anyplace else.

There is beauty from a golf course for everyone I think. From it's scenery, to a peaceful respite away from a busy life, to sit under a tree, or to drive a cart to nowhere and find your way back.

My hope is that, with this picture, you can bring the memories of the golf course to your living space, or to gift your friends or loved ones with a smile on their face.


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Beauty of Reflection by Frank J Casella

June 12th, 2018

Beauty of Reflection by Frank J Casella

Each day we can live the promise that our lives are a reflection of the true beauty we are given.

That the choices we make, or not, reflect onto others the beauty they see in us, and thus the beauty they see in themselves, or not.


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Father And Son Wisdom Walk By Frank J Casella

June 6th, 2018

Father And Son Wisdom Walk By Frank J Casella

A Father and Son out for a walk, sharing bullet points about life.


A Dad's job is to balance out what Mom says, because there is something about the voice of Dad that determines in our kids the image they see of themselves as a person and member of society.


In other words, Moms do the nurturing, but it is Dad who provides respect and stability in our kids through, not long conversations but, little snippets of (Godly) wisdom.


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Fatherhood - What is your ID as a Man

June 1st, 2018

Fatherhood - What is your ID as a Man

By Frank J Casella, Photographer

While growing up my Father often said to me “You’re a Casella, and Casella’s don’t do that”. He was referring to how our words and actions create the identity of our name. As a Catholic man, we are given the responsibility to define what our (family) Name means for this generation.

Men, we all make mistakes, but we need to example to our kids how to clean it up like spilled milk and move on. Our job is to balance out what Mom says, because there is something about the voice of Dad that determines in our kids the image they see of themselves as a person and member of society.

Recent studies tell us that Dads determine the church habits of their children and thus to a significant degree their eternal destiny. According to one study, if a father doesnʼt go to church no matter how faithful the mother is, only one child in fifty will become regular church goers.

In other words, a Father has the power to pass on blessings or curses to his wife and family. In order to be a blessing, though, we as men must first be open to receiving the blessings. Likewise, the reason I believe that God has his hands on America is that America is pro-Israel.

Genesis 48:15 shows how blessing are spoken by Fathers. We shape the image of our wife by what and how we speak to her. Daughters will marry someone who disrespects her because our actions as her Father ( to her Mother ) illustrate to her this is how life works. When we speak positive encouragement to our daughters about who she is as a person and a women, it gives her more confidence to be more than just a pretty face to men. Men, we need to speak to our kids about their future by painting for them a picture of success.

The relationships of parents greatly affects the psyche of our kids. Kids need to see us men hold our wife and kiss her in appropriate ways. Likewise, our sons and daughters need to have from us hugs and meaningful touches of affection otherwise they view us as authoritative. Moms do the nurturing, but it is Dad who provides respect and stability in our kids through, not long conversations but, little snippets of ( Godly ) wisdom.

Guys! As the priest of our house, we need to example and speak to our family about identity and what it means to be a insert your Name here _____. Commit to correcting their path. God uses the broken experiences of our lives to turn it into His glory, if we are open to letting Him.

Receive these blessings and pass it on. You only fail when you give up.

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Fast Food by Frank J Casella

May 30th, 2018

Fast Food by Frank J Casella


Metra Chicago Millennium Train Station. It's on both sides as you walk to or from the trains and the street. Always busy just like this.

Every time I see this, I wonder with the abundance of food in the United States, if the excess of what is slightly 'old' can not only feed our poor, but people in other countries as well.

This all reminds me back a few years ago, when I was on a plan to maintain proper weight through portion control. How much food I ate that I really didn't need to.

On a recent family trip to the city, one fast food place had a promotion to buy one burger and get another free. Each of us bought the promo, and on the way out the door handed our second burger to the poor asking for pocket change.


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Frank J Casella Photography - My Top Seller

May 24th, 2018

Frank J Casella Photography - My Top Seller

One of the most frequent questions I get asked about my photography is, “What is your top selling image?”

I often smile with this question, because it’s not the one you may think. At least it’s not what I expect. But then again, it doesn’t surprise me.

It’s mostly purchased on greeting cards and phone cases, but it’s also on the walls in Chicago and New York skyscrapers (that I know of), as well as guest room walls of a four-star hotel chain worldwide.

That would be Perfect Bloom Magnolia: A pink and white magnolia flower in perfect bloom beautifully hangs on a tree in the sunlight. I have to agree, it’s beautifully done, and absolutely breathtaking! You can almost smell the fragrance!

I happen to come across this flower while out for a dog walk (sound familiar?), The sunlight was at the right angle, and the blossom was spot on swoon worthy. I also lucked out with the blue sky for the background, and not other distracting elements.

For you photography nerds, I exposed for the shadow detail, then post processed for the highlights. I then did some minor tweaks, like sharpen, vignette, and blurred the background a bit more.

Mostly, carried over from my film days, I make the image in the camera with the viewfinder, instead of doing all that work post exposure, as what is often done today with digital photography.

So, this is the artwork that has been my top seller, it regularly gets favs, and likes, and comments, and is also the most viewed photograph on my online store as well.

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Frank J Casella Photography May Update - Life in a Square

May 19th, 2018

Visual Stories and Lessons from Life in a Square Picture



Hi There!

It's that time again that I send you a monthy email update, in addition to your weekly Thursday mails. This is where I share with you features of my website, or recent news, instead of the popular picture of the week.

One of the more recent collections I've added to the site is pictures in the square format. What I love most about this format is the ability to provide strong composition, balanced with story telling elements that create emotion and immediate impact.

Square format often times is easier to decorate with as well, as the art is often more forgiving when arranging your wall decor. The square also fits well inside the dimentions of the Hand Bags, Pillows and Shower Curtains, and Mugs, and plays well with the Round Beach Towel which is the latest craze.

You may recall, back in the day when film photography was introduced, everything was in square. Do you remember the square prints on Kodak paper with the white boarder from when you got your film developed? I still have those is a shoe box!

Eventually the rectangle came into play that we know of today, and the square faded away. Now it seems to be coming back into being a favorite again, especially with interior disigners for home decor.

One of the things you will find with my square pictures is this format lends itself to powerful visual stories, or lessons about life. I'm inspired by how people tell me they buy a greeting card of these and frame them for their night stand or desk, or to give to a friend.

You can visit the Life in a Square collection at the button below, and remember to hit the 'Products' drop-down to shop your options. Enjoy!


Talk to you next Thursday,

Frank


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Chi-town photos by Frank J Casella

May 17th, 2018

Chi-town photos by Frank J Casella

Chicago is one of the most iconic cities in America. From Wrigley Field to the Bean, the Windy City is full of famous landmarks. Its amazing skyline and many bridges make for gorgeous photographs that will bring life to any room. Whether you were born and raised there or you consider it your adopted home, Chi-town photos make for chic home decor.

Whether you were born and raised here or you consider it your adopted home, Chi-town photos make for chic home decor.

You'll find my pictures of Chicago carry my strong points of people and human behavior, and the interplay of shadows and lines. I try to illustrate more of the vibe of this most beautiful city in the world, rather that the usual views of landmarks.

I was born and raised in Chicagoland, and can not imagine living anyplace else. I hope you find this through my pictures and, as the summer months bring with them the nice weather, you'll see why I call this place home.

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Sunset on the Trail by Frank J Casella

May 15th, 2018

Sunset on the Trail by Frank J Casella

It was an overcast morning as my family went for our annual Mother’s Day walk on the trails of the 193 acres wetlands preserve adjacent to our home.


It was a peaceful time to be together and re-connect with the bigger picture of life in nature.


While on the home stretch of the trail, the sun began to peek out in front of us, illuminating the clouds. This was like a sign of hope that we made it through, which made me smile.


I like overcast days because you know the sun is always behind the clouds, even though you don't see it.


It's like God is there but you don't see Him. Then when you least expect it, when you need that boost of inspiration, He illuminates the path you are on, a sign of His love ... if you're mindful of His presence in your life.


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Magnolia Petals on the Lawn by Frank J Casella

May 11th, 2018

Magnolia Petals on the Lawn by Frank J Casella

An aromatic display of magnolia flower petals blanket the lawn and flower bed of a home in Midwest America.


Just like these magnolia petals, each of us is individually made.


How do you describe you?


If someone where to ask you to describe yourself, what would you tell them ... in two sentences?


My answer would be that I try to live every day the best version of the man God created me to be, and I try to be a real person to those around me.


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Shadows and Trees Landscape by Frank J Casella

May 5th, 2018

Shadows and Trees Landscape by Frank J Casella

Shadows and Trees Landscape - Color Fine Art Photograph by Frank J Casella



God makes trees as individual as He does people. No two trees are the same.

Look up close at their details.

The shadows created by the Light, are like the beauty that we leave on the world through Him.

This to me is the landscape of humanity.


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Looking for a Sign by Frank J Casella

April 28th, 2018

Looking for a Sign by Frank J Casella

You know, those times of not having what we want, or don’t want. When we look for a sign for where to go or what to do next.

For those of us who believe, these moments can push us away or closer to Jesus.

The best thing I have learned to do is to have persiverence and count it joy. Then it will all work out in the end.

Worry is a sign that we think we are in control.

Because these moments are designed to strengthen us and build good character, and to learn to have trust in Him.

In other words, treat it like a dog would. Follow your nose, leave your mark or not, then keep walking.


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Golden Hour on the Fence by Frank J Casella

April 24th, 2018

Golden Hour on the Fence by Frank J Casella


The golden hour winter sun sets on a picket fence, and snowy tree branches, creating a moment of visual respite for end of the day worries and concerns.

When you're so tired in today's world, of balancing technology with human interactions, or worries and time management, it's good to view moments like these as a sign of hope.

To enjoy a moment God's love, and invitation to distinguish the genuinely important from the seemingly urgent.

What worries you, masters you, until you hand it over to the Master - A new focus, with new priorities, makes a big difference.


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New Dawn by Frank J Casella

April 24th, 2018

New Dawn by Frank J Casella

New Dawn by Frank J Casella


A new day begins as the new dawn transitions from the blue hour into the golden hour.


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Changes and Tweaks …

There is a new dawn on Flickr.

In case you have not heard by now, last Friday USA Today broke the story that Flickr has been acquired by SmugMug. A privately owned photography company. I think this’ll be a wonderful home for Flickr.

Many of you know that Flickr is my photography home, where you find the largest collection of all my photography. Images for my soul, that some eventually become for sale.

I’ve decided to make some tweaks and changes to prepare for the transition. Because anything can happen with all good intentions.

What does this mean for you?

Those of you who follow my work over there know that sometimes I post my thoughts at the moment along with my pictures. So going forward I’m going to make a more concentrated effort to also post these as an entry on my artist blog.

So, I've been sending you this email each time I make a new upload to my online store, about three times a week, and I'll try to keep it at that. But it will be no more than five, and never on Sunday.

You will always find the link to the blog posts below my words.

I expect everything will go smooth over the next several months, as SmugMug moves all the pictures and data from Flickr over to their servers. But in case there is a glitch, you'll find my latest pictures and thoughts HERE.

https://frankjcasella.pixels.com/blogs/welcome-to-frank-j-casella-artist-photography-blog.html

Thanks very much for your interest in my photography and for being my customer.


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The Bike Race - Black and White by Frank J Casella

April 23rd, 2018

The Bike Race - Black and White by Frank J Casella


I know nothing about a bike race, but notice how some participants ride together in clusters, while others go solo.


Life itself can be like a race, to accomplish our goals before we leave this earth. Do we go with the crowd or do our own things.


It’s a balance I think, and sometimes we just need to ride along as we wait for others. ... and speed up as they wait for us.


Because I make pictures that share hope and God's love in the world, my life goal personally is that when I’m finally in Heaven before God, He says to me “You’ve finished the race, well done good and faithful servant”.


What is your life goal?



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Frank J Casella Photographer April Update 2018

April 22nd, 2018

Frank J Casella Photographer April Update 2018


It's been too long since I've sent you a monthy email update, in addition to your weekly Thursday mails. So I want to get back on track with letting you know about the improved search function on the websites where I sell my photo works.

To illustrate, I did a search for my home town of Homewood, Ilinois at the links below. Click each one to see the difference:

For the full range of offerings search on Pixels.  https://pixels.com/art/homewood+illinois

For wall decor and greeting cards search on Fine Art America. https://fineartamerica.com/art/homewood+illinois

For prints only search on my online store. https://frankjcasella.pixels.com/art/homewood+illinois

You can still do a deeper search on all the sites, it's just that your initial search will show you the selections above.

The reason for this, from my observation, is that on Pixels especially the community is growing at a very rapid pace, so the website owner decided to mix it up a bit with more of a free enterprise system presentation.

In addition, shoppers who frequent the site wanted to not only find a range of offerings but also a range of pricing. I think Amazon does something like this. So, as new things are introduced, you'll be able to see examples through your search instead of using the shop tool to find if and when the offering changes. 

However, on all of the websites if you like a picture but not what's featuring that picture, or the other way around, you can click it and scroll to the bottom of the page for the menu or subject list.

Give it a try and let me know with your reply what you think!


Talk to you next Thursday,

Frank


PS, if you feel that you've missed a weekly email, you can browse the mailing list archive here. http://archive.benchmarkemail.com/Photographically-Speaking

PPS. Did you know that I have a Company Page on LinkedIn? You can check that out here. https://www.linkedin.com/company/frank-j-casella-photographer/


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Springtime Blossom by Frank J Casella

April 12th, 2018

Springtime Blossom by Frank J Casella

I’ve just uploaded this piece and would like to get your opinion on it.

What do you think?


Many times the key factor of a great photograph comes from it having strong composition. Yes, the story is important but, without strong composition the story gets lost I think.

The inspiration for it came to me when I was out for a walk with my wife and dog, and saw these crocus flowers out from the corner of my eye. The story here is that I love how this moment says new life that brings hope. The colors are catchy and a favorite of many.

I used negative space composition, which is a basic, but often overlooked principle of design, that gives the eye a "place to rest," increasing the appeal through subtle means. This together with the square format framing, makes this suitable for framing with a wider matboard.

This image is a part of my Phoneography Project that you may know I've been doing to produce images that have been put through its paces by a forty-year professional lensmen. This photograph was made with an iPhone 5s.

All of the prints that I order never seize to amaze me of the superb quality and detail from this phone camera. Especially with the larger sized prints.

Though quality of prints from a smart phone camera start with the sensor, mostly it comes from the printing process being used. My prints are produced on acid-free papers using archival inks to guarantee that they last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. All art prints include a 1" white border around the image to allow for future framing and matting, if desired.

All of it is printed and the fulfillment handled by Pixels (Fine Art America) who assures each print is produced using my high-resolution original photos, meticulously assembled at a state-of-the-art production facility, and delivered worldwide to your doorstep as a "ready-to-hang" masterpiece with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

View my Phonegraphy Collection on Pixels (Fine Art America). https://pixels.com/profiles/frankjcasella.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=733773

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Let There Be Light - Easter

April 1st, 2018

Let There Be Light - Easter


'Let There Be Light' by Frank J Casella


Then God said,

"Let there be light," and there was light.

God saw how good the light was.

God then separated the light from the darkness.

God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night."

Thus evening came, and morning followed—the first day.


Genesis 1 : 3-5



Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do.

- Pope Francis (Urbi et Orbi - Easter 2013)



Today is a great day to pray and ask God to resurrect your life.


Pray: Jesus, you came so that I might have life. Resurrect my life so that I can more fully live the life you have dreamed for me.



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Must Be Spring by Frank J Casella

March 21st, 2018

Must Be Spring by Frank J Casella

One of the first signs of Spring is when the flowers start to sprout, and brings with it Easter, a time for new beginnings.

But new beginnings are not only for springtime. Each day is a new opportunity to begin again. To correct today the things that when wrong from yesterday.


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Crucifix by Frank J Casella

March 19th, 2018

Crucifix by Frank J Casella

A simple Crucifix with palms. Religious Art Photograph by Frank J Casella


This is the Crucifix that I gaze on each day for my prayer time.

When we stare at the Crucifix ....


… long enough


…. our lives become more about Love


… and less about us.



Pope Francis: “The Gospel invites us to turn our gaze to the crucifix, which is not an ornamental object or clothing accessory – sometimes abused! – but a religious sign to be contemplated and understood.”


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Daffodils in Black and White by Frank J. Casella

March 16th, 2018

Daffodils in Black and White by Frank J. Casella

Daffodils in Black and White - Photography by Frank J. Casella


I love the beautiful deep tones, and the way the one sharply focused blossom stands out in the soft shadowy background.

It's a week before the first day of Spring, so I thought I'd get you in the mood.


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My Story Part 3 by Frank J Casella

March 16th, 2018

My Story Part 3 by Frank J Casella

This is part 2 of the three part story about my photography. If you missed part 1 you can find that here ( https://fineartamerica.com/blogs/my-story-part-2-by-frank-j-casella.html ).

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Monochrome pictures I would say is my forte. There is Black and White photography, but Monochrome I am told is the Art form of Black and White. You would think from my childhood when my mother gave me swatches of fabric of every color that I would concentrate on color photography. I am told that my color photography is very good and balanced, however, the tonal range of a monochrome and the highlights and shadows have more 'color' to me than, well, a color photograph.

There is much personality to be found from a monochrome; it helps us concentrate on the story being told where the color often times becomes too distracting. In fact, the only time I use color in a photograph is when it brings color to the story telling, not just the picture. Such as the yellow in daffodils or the color of the sun in snow filled tree branches, and the color of vestments that a priest is wearing to show the time of the liturgical year. So, when I created my gallery of classic monochrome images of hand selected Art photographs, searched my archives from over the years. Many of the images on film I'm scanning one at a time, and the response has been tremendous … and surprising to me.

Speaking of the archives, one of my favorite things to do is to pull images from years past and either re-process it with the newest technology, or look for an image that I've not shared yet. For example, as I walk the streets of Chicago I make pictures of scenes that speak to me; these are just images for my soul. So, I don't usually do anything with them right away, but usually months later. I see something more in the moment than when I clicked the shutter, and that is when I craft it into something noteworthy.

Many photographers say they make images for sale, and then others for their soul. I find most of the images that I make for my soul later on are my best sellers. Chicago is well photographed, yet every day their is something new from the old. The light, the viewpoint, the emotion, the people, and of course the weather - as they say, in Chicago just wait five minutes and the weather with change. I am very fortunate to be raised in Chicagoland and to share this corner of humanity with the world, through my camera viewfinder.

I have mentioned in my previous articles here about the story telling element of my pictures. I like to look at my pictures as having a mission. Since I have worked for many non-profits they all have mission statements. A mission statement works like a sign on a bus. It tells a person what direction the bus is going, and helps a person do decided if they want to get on the bus or off. A mission statement also transforms good intentions into right-action. Many times I'm told that I make pictures people listen to. I want to believe this is because the mission of my pictures is to illustrate right-action and goodness to bring them hope from whatever life brings them, and they resolve from my imagery.

The most memorable one is from the early 1990's when a man in prison wrote me because he saw my pictures in print of a Catholic Mass on the streets in memory of children killed by gangs (this picture is locked in the archives of the Chicago Catholic Newspaper). He told me in the letter how these pictures are from the streets he lived and they transformed his life. Today that man serves the Church teaching children about the effects and consequences of belonging to gangs. But it doesn't have to be that dramatic; a simple moment of mine of a child in a fathers arms speaks to many about the security a father brings to his family. All of this is priceless to me.

I would like to close this article series about the story of my photography with a short list of my objectives going forward:

My ‘Why”: Pictures that give me hope of God’s love. My Audience: People say my images contain stillness, emotion, energy, service, hope, goodness, My Subjects/Markets: Trees & Shadows; Home Sweet Homewood 1 Day Project; Catholic Subjects; Catholic Men & Manhood; City of Chicago Documentary; Classic Black and White Art Photographs.

What I’m communicating is not an art form. It is not about art. It is about what the viewer takes from it. When asked what images do I have that says my ‘why’ I say people interacting or embracing. Not about the church, but about God’s love through expression, because this is what people long for. In other words, making distinctive Art is more successful to me than making lots of money, simply because the money wont last.

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PS. Now that you know something about me I would like to learn something about you, or contact me ( https://frankjcasella.pixels.com/contact.html ) to share what resonates with you and why.


Photo: Off To Golf We Go by Frank J. Casella,

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My Story Part 2 by Frank J Casella

March 10th, 2018

This is part 2 of the three part story about my photography. If you missed part 1 you can find that here ( https://fineartamerica.com/blogs/my-story-by-frank-j-casella.html ).

The final installment, part 3, I will send you in a couple days (on Monday).

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While at Columbia College Chicago, John H. White and I hit it off while I was in his photojournalism class, and before I knew it I was working freelance for suburban and city newspapers in Chicago. Then the greatest compliment happened when John authored an coffee table book about Cardinal Bernardin. This was very special for me to see my mentor make a book about the Church that has inspired my life and pictures, and the man whom I was assigned to photograph.

Since college I have worked with many mediums of photography, mostly for Catholic institutions and family-owned businesses. Around 2008 when the digital camera met the internet it changed the business of photography as we knew it up to that point. Over the years I have consistently had to reinvent myself as a photographer, but nothing compares to what digital technology and its learning curve has done with photography.

Did you know that more pictures have been made since the invention of the phone camera than all the pictures in the history of photography combined?

In 2012 while developing relationships through my WordPress blog I was introduced to Fine Art America and its brilliant business model. This opened the door for new opportunities for my photography that I never dreamed of, and thoughts came to mind of all the people in past years who encouraged me to create fine art photography.

The response to this has been tremendous, as many people who have my photography on their walls say how much they are inspired and feel a sense of hope in everyday life from my artwork. The value of this is priceless to me, because, as John White would say, simple moments make lasting impact.

In helping Fine Art America transition to a new website Brand, Pixels.com, I helped to volunteer my time as the moderator for the thousands of themed artist groups. I did this for two years before I was hired as the Executive Director of the Homewood Area Chamber of Commerce in my home town … all of that is another story separate from my photography vita here.

Photography for me is mostly about how the click of the shutter records history of a moment in time. Video has its strengths with sound and motion, but when you look at a still image long enough there is a story to be told in just that one frame. I am not one to concentrate on the technical aspects, or the lighting or equipment, as much as I craft the composition and story. I just let the picture happen.

Because how my photo mentor, John H. White, always said simple moments make big impact, the one thing I've noticed looking at my pictures from over the past thirty years is that we all live the same story. Just different people in different locations and circumstances. I think the late photographer Edward Stiechen said it best: "Photography is a major source of explaining man to man".

You would think that with my experience in photographing the Catholic Church that I would mostly have images of such today. I believe that the modern Church has no walls when it comes to living our Faith. We sit in the pew to learn our faith from the Clergy as well as from other parishioners. We take that information to the streets and try to live it, and this is what I try to document with my camera -- goodness and hope in action. ...

.... We live in a war-torn world. As humans we naturally seek a sense of structure in our lives. All of our religion can be illustrated with pictures; everything can be explained with pictures.

People ask me what is my niche with my photos and my art. You will find flowers, architecture, people, weather, product, or worship, tree branches and shadows, to name a few. Over the years I have been known as a photojournalist, a portrait photographer, a wedding photographer, and most recently fine art photographer.

Today I call myself a photographer; I make pictures of the hope of God's love in the world.

No matter the subject you will find an element that tells a story, or makes you smile, or to walk away from it asking yourself questions about your own life and your own faith. This goes back to my childhood, when I saw my father every morning praying the rosary. It wasn't prayers for himself as much as for his family and our world.

My pictures to me are a form of my prayers, a gift to the world … to humanity.

I hope you enjoy reading my story about photography, as much as I enjoy sharing it with you.

Frank


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My Story by Frank J Casella

March 10th, 2018

My Story by Frank J Casella

I've had a camera in my hand since I was nine years old. It all came to be as I was shy as a child, and photography helped me to express my viewpoints and how I saw the world around me. To me they were just simple moments but, over the years, people would tell me that I have the ability to photograph the soul of a person. I guess you might say that an important element of my visual story telling is of body language. When I was shy and not talking I would watch people … their every movement … how they would 'talk' with their body to express feelings and mood.

My pictures not only shared my thoughts from my childhood, but also helped me to develop confidence as people responded in a positive way to what I was saying through my imagery. Back then it was thought of as documentary photography, though I didn't call it that. Today this has become an art form, as people are in need of visual examples of goodness and the hope of God's love in the world.

My first camera was from the Bazooka Bubble Gum wrapper. Do you remember those? I recall waiting for it to come in the mail, it felt like a month of Sunday's. I then graduated to the Polaroid camera .. which was instant like todays digital camera, only you held the picture in your hands. I also had a 110 and a 126 film camera, and then a Kodak Brownie camera. Once I reached Jr. High the principal of the school saw my enthusiasm for pictures and bought an Minolta SRT-201, 35mm SLR camera to use for the school yearbook. I remember how instantly popular I became with my classmates … and how that yearbook was something new and special for the school, as well as personally to me.

I was born in the United States in a suburb of Chicago, and grew up in a family-owned business. My parents are from Chicago and moved to the suburbs when they married in 1952. My mother was a seamstress and created custom made draperies. I remember as a toddler being given swatches of fabric to play with in every color and pattern you could think of. My father was a foreman for an office supply manufacturer, and I remember waking up every morning to watch cartoons on the TV and finding my father praying the rosary before leaving for work. Both of these experiences are key to who I am as a person and the contribution that my photography has made on humanity.

In high school I failed photography class. Because I always went outside the box with class assignments, however, I still made it on the school newspaper and then yearbook staff. I was also a Fire Cadet in high school, and many times used my camera for events and fire investigations. But the thing longing in my heart was my childhood dream to be a photographer for the Catholic Church in Chicago. Every week I would wait for the mail man to deliver the Catholic newspaper and would study the pictures mostly by the great James Kilcoyne, whom I later met and eventually was hired to replace after his retirement - I completed my childhood dream at the age of 23. I was later assigned to photograph the archbishop of Chicago on a daily basis, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, so its fair to say that I was his personal photographer.

When it came time for me to consider college it was between the fire service and photography. Since I was not interested in the requirements of being a paramedic I chose photography. My hope was to become a portrait or documentary photographer, but that all changed as most of my instructors suggested I consider photojournalism and arranged for me to meet the man who teaches it, John H. White, who is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist.



This is part 1, and part 2 is at the link below. Please also come back soon or subscribe below.

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He Has Covered Himself in Glory by Frank J Casella

March 6th, 2018

He Has Covered Himself in Glory by Frank J Casella

He Has Covered Himself in Glory - Fine art photography of Resurrected Christ Crucifix by Frank J Casella.

If Love was easy, it would not be Love.

With the Catholic Faith we often see the crucified Christ on the cross. With this cross, however, we see the resurrected Christ.

The symbolism of both versions is to remind believers that it is through our suffering that we become a new person in Christ. The Church is known as an redemptive agency in the world.

Christ exampled Love though giving of self and through suffering, so that we might too follow this example and be covered by the Glory of God.

All we have to do is receive it with our heart, and then live what we received and now believe.


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Vertigo Chicago by Frank J Casella

March 3rd, 2018

Vertigo Chicago by Frank J Casella

When I was a child spending a day in the city with my family, whenever we would walk across one of the many bridges I would make it a point not to look over the railing down to the water, as I would lose my balance,

So then, it's only fitting that when I made this picture to give it a blurred or vertigo effect.

I hope you like it.


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Enjoy Your Day!

Frank J Casella
Photograher


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Meet The Artists

March 1st, 2018

Meet The Artists

One of the hidden secrets about buying art online, specifcally on Pixels.com (Fine Art America) where I sell my photography, is finding the greatest artwork that inspires you or finding a new favorite artist with the 5,000+ member-moderated groups.

Groups on Pixels.com / Fine Art America (FAA) are not places for one of the members to show their works only, as their profile page is for.

How it works is when an artist or photographer exhibits their images that are in groups, they’re categorized by subject or theme along with images from other members, so what tags they use or don't use overlap with those images associated with others in the group.

We have groups dedicated to art, photography, graphic design, and just about any subject or topic you can think of.

Many art collectors who are established on the Pixels website join groups they shop first before using the search tool on the site.

For example, a lot of designers or art collectors looking for specific works will search an art group to cut to the chase so to speak in finding exactly what they need. In other words if they are a hotel in Chicago, Illinois for instance, they may browse a group "Chicagoland" for “The Jane M. Byrne Plaza” to find numerous works of exactly what they are looking for in one place on Pixels/FAA, instead of trying to comb through thousands in order to save time...

The main benefit of this is that featured group images are ranked by human eyeballs, by colleague artists in their own regard, who often have a good eye for superb works many times before the artwork is raked high enough to be found by the website search.

Another thing to look for is when you login to Pixels/FAA and veiw my images, lets say, you will see below each image the icon of the most recent groups that it was featured in .. click on them to find similar works of art and artists.

Also, when you click around in groups you get a glimps of the human side of the artists, because groups aren't known to be just places to exhibit our artwork, but a social area for members to meet like minded artists and to hold events and discussions among themselves. ...

... You will quickly find those members on this site who are authentic and genuinely care about and respect others . who work to develop professional relationships in our international social network and work together to communicate and mutually participate in the groups as well as recipricate with the hosts, are the ones who benefit from the groups the most . .

Because, as with anything in life, that is the way it works . . . We give and we receive . . what we project is what is reflected back to us . . if we are kind and generous it brightens everyone's day . . If we are unhappy it is mostly because we are taking more than giving to others. And you will see this reflected in the artwork they create as well.

So I invite you to search the groups page on Pixles.com for the subjects of your interests, and to meet the worlds greatest living Artists! Enjoy!

Dew by Frank J Casella

February 26th, 2018

Dew by Frank J Casella

Water in the form of droplets appears on a car windshield, reflecting the morning sunrise and trees, due to overnight rain and condensation.


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Enjoy your day,

Frank J Casella, Photographer

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Picket Fance and Purple Flowers by Frank J Casella

February 24th, 2018

Picket Fance and Purple Flowers by Frank J Casella

Purple flowers bloom from a Judas Tree, and accent a picket fence, bringing a sense of new hope to an otherwise green day.


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Sunlight Shadows on Ice - Abstract by Frank J Casella

February 21st, 2018

Sunlight Shadows on Ice - Abstract by Frank J Casella

Sunlight Shadows on Ice - Abstract by Frank J Casella


Ice patters on black pavement juxtaposed with shadow patterns from the morning sunlight.

Although this may look difficult to walk on, it is something beautiful to look at.

Likewise, the challenges or struggles we face in life can strengthen us, when we know that we are prayerfully in God's love.


Note: This artwork has a white boarder in the design


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Perfect Love - Jesus on the crucifix black and white photography by Frank J Casella

February 16th, 2018

Perfect Love  - Jesus on the crucifix black and white photography by Frank J Casella

Perfect Love - Jesus on the crucifix black and white photography by Frank J Casella


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Change our hearts to be full of life by Frank J Casella

February 15th, 2018

Change our hearts to be full of life by Frank J Casella

"God takes life's broken pieces and gives us unbroken peace."
-- Wilbert Donald Gough


We can experience God's peace even in the middle of the storms of Life.

Our part is to fill our minds with the strength of God, and as our faith grows, so will our sense of peace.


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Neighborhoods - City of Chicago by Frank J Casella

February 10th, 2018

Neighborhoods - City of Chicago by Frank J Casella

Neighborhoods - City of Chicago by Frank J Casella


The morning light, and lights in the windows, and the different colors and types of buildings struck me as neighborhoods.

Not so different, though, is how that all of us are humans. That when we use our gifts and abilities to help each other make it through life, the world becomes a better place to be.

Did you know that several buildings in downtown Chicago have their own postal zip code?

Enjoy your day.


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Fresh Snow on the Pines by Frank J Casella

February 9th, 2018

Fresh Snow on the Pines by Frank J Casella

Snowy branches and pine trees sparkle with the brilliance of fresh snow in the Izaak Walton Preserve in Illinois.


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Autumn in the Wetlands by Frank J Casella

February 8th, 2018

Autumn in the Wetlands by Frank J Casella

Autumn in the Wetlands by Frank J Casella


Vibrant Autumn colors take shape, with the golden hour sunlight, in the wetlands at Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve .. my favorite outdoor photo location.


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Yesterday I shared this in monochrome https://fineartamerica.com/blogs/autumn-in-the-wetlands-monochrome-by-frank-j-casella.html


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Autumn in the Wetlands - Monochrome - by Frank J Casella

February 7th, 2018

Autumn in the Wetlands - Monochrome - by Frank J Casella

Autumn in the Wetlands - Monochrome - by Frank J Casella

I incorporated a silver screen effect into this classic Autumn landscape image from Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve, my favorite outdoor photography location.

Tomorrow I will post the color version.



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Let There Be Light

February 5th, 2018

Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light by Frank J Casella


A church steeple rises above the rooftops in a Mid-American neighborhood silhouetted by trees the blue hour morning sunlight.

A church is planted in the middle of our lives as a sign of hope and light.

It is also a reminder of the power of prayer, the original wireless communication, in contrast to the phone and data wires going through the foreground of this scene.


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Winter Sun On Blue Ice

February 3rd, 2018

Winter Sun On Blue Ice

WINTER SUN ON BLUE ICE by FRANK J CASELLA

The winter sun reflected in blue icicles brings out the beauty of the season.


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Snowy Pine on Silver

February 1st, 2018

Snowy Pine on Silver

Made this picture when I first transitioned to digital photography ( and left Nikon for Pentax ) back in 2007.

So I thought its time to do a monochrome of it.


Enjoy!

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Photographer

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Walking in the Rain

January 27th, 2018

Walking in the Rain

Lovers walk hand-in-hand through the raindrops in Chicago, Illinois.


Note: This image has a white border in the design.

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Stealing Time

January 24th, 2018

Stealing Time



Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.

-- Carl Sandburg.



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Happiness

January 22nd, 2018

Happiness

Happiness is sunlight on a flower.


I hope this Daffodil flower makes you happy today.


One of the beautiful things I love about flowers, is their power to create happiness.


To be happy means feeling or showing pleasure or contentment with someone or something.


If you are familiar with the musical CATS, there is a song called 'Memories'. The last line in the lyrics goes like this:

"If you touch me
You'll understand what happiness is
Look, a new day has begun"



Frank J Casella, Photographer


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Silence from the Sky

January 18th, 2018

Silence from the Sky

Sometimes photography will see elements in the sky that the human eye does not.

Sometimes reflections in the water see elements in the sky that photography does not.

Sometimes the silent moments help us to reflect life more clearly.






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The Messages In Our Lives

January 15th, 2018

The Messages In Our Lives

How we respond to others has a huge impact on the world.

How we treat others makes a huge impact on how they see the world around them.

The messages in our lives shared through experiences and examples, though subtle, speak and teach louder than words ever can.

Enjoy your day.




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Shadow Light and Lines

January 10th, 2018

Shadow Light and Lines

Shadows, light & lines captures the eye from this weathered wall.

Believe it or not, this photo was made with the iPad Mini camera. Something that I always love to see is elements that create strong composition in the square format.

The morning sunlight through the trees casts a shadow onto the wall of this vintage garage in my neighborhood. The vertical lines provided by the plants create an added touch of the grid pattern needed to complete this moment in time. 

I chose black and white because not only of the drama of the light, but also to concentrate on the elements of the subject. If you add color to this image I think it would be too distracting, as I try to give my images three-second-impact when you first view them. 

I can only imagine what this wall has seen since it was first built, and, as in life, the beauty that comes with age.


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Morning Vibe City of Chicago

January 9th, 2018

Morning Vibe City of Chicago

People and dogs move about on Michigan Avenue at the Chicago River. I like how the depth of the morning light is casting interesting shadows.


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My Prayer for 2018

January 4th, 2018

My Prayer for 2018

To stay close to God and one another.

To be gracious to one another.

To find peace in self and bring it to others.

Happy New Year 2018!

Frank J Casella Photograper


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Finding Your Voice

January 4th, 2018

Finding Your Voice

Their are so many messages today grabbing for our attention.

Likewise, we have our own contribution to make a positive difference in the world.

Chasing after activity can be exhausting. This is why I say, just do it for yourself, and if others listen that is okay too.

What this does is, once you and I are gone, the people who will miss us with have a record of the person that we were.


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The Power Of Mastering Your E-Mail Inbox

December 30th, 2017

The Power Of Mastering Your E-Mail Inbox

Email is a powerful tool in life. More and more people are subscribing to the email lists for products and services important to them, because we want to make sure we don't miss it via social media and the like.

Did you know that your email address is more important now than, say, your phone number or street address? With this in mind, are you the type of person who never deletes emails, or do you maintain your inbox with tags or folders?

I found some interesting articles worth sharing with you. Hope this information helps to give you more power to prioritize your inbox, goals, and life.

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Where does your strength come from

December 13th, 2017

Where does your strength come from

I've titled this photograph - 'City of Chicago Old Water Tower Christmas' - because looking at this scene tells me about living with strength and faith.

Strength because the tower, built in 1869, gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In the years since the fire, the tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and of the city's recovery from the fire.

Faith because of many Christians who are missing out on many of the religious Christmas symbols that permeate our society this time of year.

Instead, people become caught up in the commercial aspect of Christmas, while forgetting what we as Christians are actually celebrating.

The most common symbols of Christmas, the Christmas Tree is an evergreen. It stands in stark contrast to the dead, brown, leafless trees of winter. It is ever green and ever alive, reminding us that we are created for everlasting life. The tree is often topped with a star or angel, reminding us of the Star of David and the angels that announced the birth of the Lord Jesus.

When I see these two symbols together in the public square, I'm overcome with joy and reminded of the scriptures.

"Jesus said to the crowds:
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.""

Matthew 11: 28-30.


Behold, the Lord comes to save his people;
blessed are those prepared to meet him.


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The Benefits of FineArtAmerica Blogs

December 12th, 2017

Note: This is a discussion about FineArtAmerica / Pixels member blogs only and not other third-party blogs.



One of the hidden secrets free to all of us members on Fine Art America / Pixels, in addition to contests and groups, is the blog tool. All of us who use this tool do so in several different ways. Some of us do not use them at all (yet). Those of us who use the premium website tool (AW) have a few more features to benefit from. ...

So, I want to host this blog entry to talk about the how to's, because a part of the Pixels community is about helping each other in life as artists, and the business or Art. As the slogan goes 'Independent. Together.'

If you are intimidated by the idea or feel like you don’t have enough time, trust me this is a misconceptions. Here are some things for you to think about ..

Artist coach Barney Davey has this to say about blogging - "I also hope you are blogging because it is the single best way to develop an email list and pull your collectors, fans, friends and followers closer to you. You can use a blog to show your business and your personality, and snippets of your life to your readers. They don’t care what you had for dinner, but they are interested if you attended a recent gallery opening, took a museum tour, or like listening to Beethoven or Muddy Waters while you work at making your art."

He also offers the tips below found on his website.

Reference link https://artmarketingnews.com/why-artists-should-blog/


Top Ten Reasons Why Artists Should Blog:

1. Help sell your art direct to buyers.
2. Promote awareness and gain interest in your art.
3. Grow your email list.
4. Control your digital brand and reputation.
5. Drive traffic to your website.
6. Open the door to guest blogging.
7. Create links and SEO value for traffic and search engine rankings.
8. Make a positive influence on juried show judges.
9. Introduce your work to gallery owners.
10. Provide content for social media platforms.



If you want to get started and don't know what to say or write, or just want to get a feel for blogs, then I suggest you visit the blog feed on FAA / Pixels and just read some of them and make comments.

If you want to start using your AW blog, as a premium member, you can add live links and there is also a search bar at the top which is really important for when an art collector visits your website and blog.

Finally, if you go to the sell art online page, it describes blogs as such:

https://fineartamerica.com/sell-art-online.html


"Blogging is a great way to attract the attention of search engines and bring more visitors to your profile and your artwork.
Fine Art America allows you to post an unlimited number of blogs on our site. Each time you post a blog, you'll automatically generate a new webpage which is meticulously designed for high rankings in Google.
If you post regular blogs on the topic of "landscape paintings", for example, Google will eventually realize that your a painter focused on landscape paintings... and over time, you will move up in their search results for that term."


So, if you use the member blogs please share why and how, and your experiences? If you do not use the member blogs why is that?


FAA / Pixels members, I have started a private discussion thread in the main forum, if you'd like to participate or just learn from reading the comments:

Reference link https://pixels.com/showmessages.php?messageid=3875066 ( Private discussion thread, login to FAA first )

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Enjoy your day!

Frank J Casella,
Photographer



Sunrise on the Winter Pine

December 7th, 2017

Sunrise on the Winter Pine

A beautiful backyard pine tree, covered with fresh snow, absorbs the winter sunlight.

This wonderful photograph I have to confess was kept hidden in the back of my print gallery. I've always thought it to be a nice picture of a snowy scene, and that is all. I posted it to my gallery to see what happens ... now months later an artist finds in and lets me know what great qualities it has that a artist painter looks for.

So I posted it in an artist group or two on Fine Art America, only to be surprised how much it was shared on the group feature page. You see, one of the things I do when looking at artists work is go right to the back of their portfolio. Because that is where the treasures are, the ones they think people wont like as much. But I never realized that I do the same thing until recently.

Some new products have been introduced since I created this artwork, providing more possibilities than a large wall print or greeting cards, such as for phone cases.... and even a blanket or two.

In any event, may this scene bring you into the wintery Christmas spirit of Joy, Hope, Giving, and Peace.


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Morning Sunlight Architecture City of Chicago

December 1st, 2017

Morning Sunlight Architecture City of Chicago

All of us are different, yet together.

What struck me about this view of Chicago architecture was the Illumination from the morning sunlight. Then what came into view is how these structures are from decades apart of each other.

Though each of these are different, they blend together with such beauty, especially when enveloped by the sun and shadows.

Much as in life, and in living our faith, all of us are different, yet together we can do great things that create beauty in this world... such as these buildings... especially when enveloped in faith in ths love of the Lord Jesus.

In a similar way, as beauty from the morning light brings promise to prepare for the coming of the new day ahead, so too must we live our faith looking for signs in preparation for the beauty of the coming of the Lord.

Enjoy your day.


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Get Into the Spirit of the Season

November 25th, 2017

Get Into the Spirit of the Season

Find awesome gifts for everyone on your list! Many sizes and prices to choose from that fits almost any budget.

Go to www.frankjcasella.pixels.com to shop!


Twitter and Instagram both at @FrankJCasella

Hashtags: #PixelsHoliday #FrankJPhoto


For Canvas Prints, Framed Prints, Metal Prints, Acrylic Prints, ArtPrints, Posters, Greeting Cards, Notebooks, iPhone Cases, Galaxy Cases, Mugs, Throw Pillows, Shower Curtain, Fleece Blankets, Tote Bags, T-Shirts, Beach Towels, Round Beach Towels, Weekender Tote Bags, Carry-All Pouches, Portable Battery Chargers .. and More!

Artwork: Holy Christmas Nativity by Frank J Casella All Rights Reserved

2017 Holy Christmas Greeting Card by Frank J Casella

November 16th, 2017

2017 Holy Christmas Greeting Card by Frank J Casella

In our instant, technology driven world, Christmas is time of the year that instead of emails and voicemail we send personalized Christmas cards. These Religious Catholic, Christian Christmas Greeting Cards provide us the opportunity to remind those who are important to us that they are close to our hearts.

To purchase your Christmas Cards, click the artwork of your choice, you can choose to adjust the background color and the image size. You will also see on that order page discounts available from when you purchase single cards to a box set of 10 or 25 religious Christmas cards. Envelopes included each card.








Art Prints

Color Vibe Nativity - Border - Christmas Greeting Card Design.

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Sell Art Online

Color Vibe Nativity - No Border - Christmas Greeting Card Design.

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Art Prints

Color Vibe Nativity - Natural Light With Black Border - Christmas Greeting Card Design.

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The inside of each card has a matte white finish and can be customized with your own message up to 500 characters in in length. If you don't have a message, you can copy and paste the one below into the box provided on the order page:


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WE BELIEVE in the miracle of the virgin birth
In a tiny baby who came to save the earth;
In a risen Savior who forgives sins;
In a love that knows no end.

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Merry Christmas from my family to you and yours!!

Frank J Casella


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One or Another

November 8th, 2017

One or Another


I’ve been attracted by trees lately. The light and shadow play on the branches. The colors from the Fall Season. But deeper, the formations from their environment and the other trees around them .. Or not.



Trees, very much like our lives, all have a life of their own. Each one is different in their own way, though they may be the same kind: Birch, Cedar, Oak. Some tree branches it seems are attracted towards the Light, while others it seems move one direction because of a branch or another tree forces them from another direction.



There are many directions that we can go in life .. One or Another ... The choice is ours.



"A good choice today will lead to a better tomorrow ... We have the power to choose ... Use ti wisely." -- Zig Ziglar



"The stumbling block to the pessimist, is a stepping stone to the optimist." -- Eleanor Roosevelt.





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Autumn Air

October 26th, 2017

Autumn Air

The cool Autumn breeze transforms the colors in the trees, the change of seasons, and brings with it hope for the future ... much like the seasons of life.

Image made at Izaak Walton Preserve, Homewood, Illinois.

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Enjoy your day!

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

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Autumn Wind

October 25th, 2017

Autumn Wind

The transition to Winter as the colors and leaves fall from the trees. And speaking of colors, I love these browns and golds, and the deep golden sunlight.

The winds of change really do bring much beauty when we look for it.

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Morning Light Flowers and Trees Art Print by Frank J Casella

October 22nd, 2017

Morning Light Flowers and Trees Art Print by Frank J Casella

Taking a morning walk in the park, I bumped into these guys and just had to take a snap. I like how they are all different directions but yet still together .. and beautiful.

Families can be this way sometimes ... you think?


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The Greatest Source of Happiness

October 11th, 2017

The Greatest Source of Happiness

"The moment you begin to worry about the things you want and the things you don’t have in life, is the moment you will lose your gratitude. The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times". -Zig Ziglar


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Enjoy your day!

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

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F J C Photo Club Gallery - New Artwork

October 5th, 2017

F J C Photo Club Gallery - New Artwork

As FJC Club members (YOU) would get to see the most recent artwork first for sale, often times fresh from my camera even before they get posted up for public viewing on the website!


Members of The FJC Photo Club will receive an email each week when I update the selection in the gallery (up to 5 e-mails per month).


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New Beginnings

September 30th, 2017

New Beginnings

Hey there, 



A quick message from me personally to you who subscribe to my art photo emails. 



I need your help. 



Recently I sent you an confirmation mail to be sure that you are on the correct list that I send out: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, etc. Since then, Fine Art America, where I send the mails from, has decided to restructure their email campaign too. 

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Distnctive

September 25th, 2017





To be distinctive means to have a characteristic (of a person or thing) that distinguishes it from others.


Sort of like how in Christian circles there is this saying that goes 'be the kind of person that when you walk through a room, people know that Christ' love has been there'.


Have you ever experienced this?


Some people, when they walk into a room you know from the start it's all about vanity or ego. But, have you ever experienced the person who just radiates pure love?


I did profoundly when I met Mother Theresa and Pope John Paul II, now both Saints of the Church. But you don't need to be a Saint to share love distinctively.


For example, when I worked for the Catholic newspaper here in Chicago, sometimes people would tell me how they could tell my pictures apart from others in the paper without looking at the credit line.


These days this translates to walls. That I'm told when my pictures are on the wall it brings love and hope to the room.


It's sort of like the scripture verse how when you put a lamp on the lamp stand, instead of hiding it, the lamp radiates light into the room.


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Pipes and Lines - Vibrant

September 21st, 2017

Pipes and Lines - Vibrant




One thing I like to do with my photography is to find elements of the every day, often seen but not noticed.


Here is an example with this abstract art photograph of pipes, lines, and layered colors of paint, and a touch of vibrant light and shadows to add good measure.


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Starbucks Coffee Vibe

September 15th, 2017

Starbucks Coffee Vibe


Walking past this coffee house in the millennium train station in Chicago, Illinois, I couldn't help but stop to capture the vibe of this moment in time.


I actually don't care for starbucks, but find it very interesting the following they have. In the suburban community where I live there are three, no other type of business has more than one location in town. And the drive up always has a long line.


This is what branding is all about; it's not coffee, it's a Starbucks; it's not a painting, it's a Monet; it's not a grill, it's a Weber ... etc. Yes, us american's worship the coffee bean.



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Waiting

September 7th, 2017



There is much to be said about waiting. What we do or experience while waiting can make life interesting or boring. It depends how we look at it.


Waiting in line at a grocery store, or on a ride in an elevator. How Christians are waiting in hope on the return of the Lord, or how we spend time in a train station or at the doctors office.


I notice often while waiting how many people are focused on their smartphone, I personally use that time to think and ponder and daydream about (my) life and things that give me hope.


Here are some pictures about waiting that I hope you will enjoy:



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Today We Celebrate Labor

September 4th, 2017

Today We Celebrate Labor


Today we celebrate the hard work of so many who have poured all of themselves into building our country.

Labor takes many forms: Professional, Civic, Faith based, or through service organizations, to name a few.

Happy Labor Day to all. God Bless America.



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Flowers in the Woods

August 22nd, 2017

Flowers in the Woods

Adjacent to my backyard at the Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve, took a walk on the trail and found these flowers in beautiful light.

Life is a journey with beauty all around us, sometimes we just need to stop and take note of it.

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A Pictures of Faith

August 17th, 2017

A Pictures of Faith

"Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1 (Catholic Bible verson).

God wants us to depend on Him, and Loves us to the point to provide us the freedom to make that decision.

When I see this moment of hands reaching out to God in prayer, in community, it illustrates to me the outword expression of the inner faith of a community of prayers, in belief of what is hoped for.

Said another way, sometimes, when we don't have answers or can't provide a soulution, praying to God and trusting Him in faith has proven to do what we can not. In His time and not in ours.



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Nap Time

August 9th, 2017

Nap Time

A father takes a stroll through the park while his children take a nap. I wish that I were the one in the stroller.


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Orange Leaves - Monet

August 3rd, 2017

Orange Leaves - Monet




"I love the softness and beautiful color here!"

"Very pretty effects."

"Beautiful tones."


This is what some of the viewers have said in the comments on this photograph.

Because I knew how pleasing it would be to you, is what made this an instant favorite with me, and why I clicked the shutter on the camera.

I gave this an effect of the great French Impressionist paintings. Its full of goodness and hope, and the beauty of God's creations.

That flower pot just completes this scene, and pulls the composition together I think!


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Tree Tunnel

August 1st, 2017

Tree Tunnel

When I first clicked the shutter on this photograph I though it was something interesting, and a grab shot for reference. Then I happened upon it in my upload album and decided to play with processing it. It all started to evolve from there.


Has this ever happened to you, say even with a home project?


Often times, I wait some time after making a photograph to see if my vision is the same as when I made it. But this picture, I wasn't even thinking about.


What grabbed by eye, to be honest, is the shadow play with the cracks in the pavement in the foreground. After I processed it what became interesting is the juxtaposition of the patterns from the branches at the top of the frame.


In relating this to life, and faith, as I do. I think when we believe is something and take action, or do something that at first doesn't seem like its worth it, the experience can always teach us something ... when we look for it.


Reminds me of a quote by Zig Ziglar, something like, we don't get motivated to start, instead we start and get motivated.


This artwork gets me motivated to do more like this. You think?


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Put Your Hand to the Plow

July 25th, 2017

Put Your Hand to the Plow



When I saw this moment in time, of a plow in a garden with a chair, it reminded me of my favorite verse from the Bible. Luke 9:62 - "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".

What this means to me is like when a farmer plows a field they must be committed to the task to reap the fruit of their labor. Likewise, Jesus in this scripture speaks of the seriousness, and the unconditional nature, of Christian Discipleship. That we must be committed to, and not distracted from, the proclaiming of the Kingdom of God, no matter how briefly.

So then looking at this picture, and the illumination from the morning sun, it's as if the Holy Spirit is shining on this field with the plow. That there is no time to rest when it's time to plow.

A picture with a good reminder that God is with us through our work in this world.


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Dusk on the Ranch

July 18th, 2017

Dusk on the Ranch


A simple moment blue sky sunset that yet says so much the more you spend time with it.

There's always another e-mail waiting. Instead, take the next three minutes to just look at this photograph and spend time with it.

Let the elements of this moment in time - God's paint brush - to absorb into your soul.

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Chicago Wind

July 13th, 2017

Chicago Wind




Chicago is known as The Windy City. Here is an illustration of the Chicago wind on the Michigan Avenue bridge at the Chicago river. The people, as usual, seem to be used to it


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19,000 Views

July 11th, 2017

19,000 Views

This photograph 'Forest Retreat' is just short of 20, 000 views. It's a simple black and white of a bird house in the golden hour sunlight.

When I first saw it, I thought it to be like a cottage for birds. Out on a long branch, secluded. Check it out here on Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/mUgNa8 Be sure to read the comments below the picture.


Did you know that many of my pictures on Flickr seem to get a ton of views and activity compared to PIXELS? It's also where several of my new email subscribers come from, as when they sign up, and I reply and chat with them a bit, I learn they found me on Flickr.

While searching for this picture on PIXELS I didn't realize that I had so many forest pictures for sale. Check it out here https://frankjcasella.pixels.com/art/forest


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Parade. Candy.

July 6th, 2017

Parade. Candy.

A little girl collects candy tossed onto the street during the Fourth of July parade in the Mid-West, the American way of life.

This photograph is a part of the Frank J Casella Shop - Smart Phone Project. Because this is a documentary image about celebrating through the eyes of a child the independence of America.

I could not help but click the shutter on this memory maker and simple moment in time, with all the story telling elements in place, especially with the innovation that rail and roads have made on the progress of America.

As the different parade groups, organizations, and businesses passed by, it was really evident more so this year how the hard work we all to is what makes up community -- and America.

When we work together and see things like a child, how much we can all accomplish to make this country great in the years to come.

Keep life simple and fun, like a parade with candy, with goodness and hope for America.

And put a picture like this on your wall as a reminder.




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Pets On Parade

July 3rd, 2017

Pets On Parade

Have you seen lots of colorful painted dogs and cats in downtown Homewood, Illinois?


They're all part of Pets On Parade, a benefit for the South Suburban Humane Society. Aren't they adorable!!

Speaking of parades, may you all have a wonderful Independence Day celebration!

By the way, Its the last day of this online art show I’ve been participating in called #AbundantArtShow. If you click on that hashtag, you’ll see art from hundreds of artists.

If you see something you would like to have in your home or office, let that artist know!

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Wood Bench and Yellow Flowers

June 29th, 2017

Wood Bench and Yellow Flowers

A place to rest along the preserve trail, this wood bench I find very inviting, especially with the yellow flowers ( that some may call weeds ).

When I walk the trail here at the Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve in Illinois, located a short drive south of Chicago, I often see people at this bench in deep thought or enjoying the scenic environment ... where there is always a breeze right off the lake.

There is something about places to rest that pull at me. I think it is because of our busy world, that I find many people including myself need to take the time to think and to focus. To enjoy a sunset or a sunrise, or simply the beauty of quiet. On this trail, for example, there are many things to look at, to relax your brain.

I like watching how the ducks interact with each other. The relationship between people and their dogs. Or just listening to the sounds of the different species of birds calling / communicating and echoing through the preserve.

These are the things that God has placed in our lives to enjoy and, well, preserve. It brings balance and moderation, and can actually help us perform at our full potential in other areas of our lifestyle. It's moments like these that take my mind off the 'structure' of my life and help me to drain my brain so some clarity has room to inspire.

The thing that I find refreshing about this picture and moment in time, is that if you put your finger over those flowers it becomes a totally different picture. How those flowers sort of bring a sense of life, hope, and God's provision to the scene.

I made this picture with the iPod Touch camera, and shared on Instagram the stages I used to produce this artwork. Click here to check it out! ... I've also uploaded it for sale onto my mobile prints collection.

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Perpetual Adoration

June 27th, 2017

Perpetual Adoration

On Monday's I usually go to my Catholic church to spend time with Perpetual Adoration. I look at is as going to holy ground, to thank the Lord for life and for every breath I take.

Perpetual Adoration is a Eucharistic devotion whereby members of a given parish (or other entity) unite in taking hours of adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament (in most cases, exposed), both during the day and throughout the night, seven days a week.

To see Jesus visibly present under the appearance of the small white host is much more conducive to intimacy than hidden away in the tabernacle. Could not these words of our Lord be applied today: "Indeed, this is the will of My heavenly Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son, and believes in Him, shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day."

I often suggest Perpetual Adoration to persons who have trouble attending Mass, usually because of schedules or health reasons, or who are seeking answers to important worries or concerns. Because, spending time focused without the many distractions we all have, tends to bring structure to our prayers and many have said they 'hear' direction from the Holy Spirit or leave with renewed peace.

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Why Everyone Should Have a Dog

June 24th, 2017

Why Everyone Should Have a Dog

About a year ago, on June 26, 2016, my family lost our King Shepherd Dog. Her name was Strudel, and she was seven years old. What took her life was a mass in her spleen that ruptured. Since then I’ve learned this is common in certain breeds.

We also have another dog, a Golden Retriever, his name is Buddy. He’ll be twelve in October of this year. Both dogs have meant a different purpose in our lives.

What both have in common, though, and every dog for that matter, is they bring love into a home, and can relieve some of the stress a family may be experiencing. If you want to learn about unconditional love, watch the behavior of a dog.

The other thing too, is when you lead them in love, they give it back so much more. Both our dog’s have been rescues, meaning they were rescued from a previous owner of a lifestyle where they were not welcomed or loved. The thing is with rescues, when you love them they know the difference.

So, if you don’t have at least one dog, you should get one. It will make your house and family complete. Words can not describe what I’m saying here, you just have to take my word for it.

I’m still having a difficult time to get another dog in place of Strudel, because she was the best dog anyone could ever want. Though I am thankful for the time we had with her, as she taught us much about relationships with the neighbors and how she cared for and about others. Pleople tell me though once we do get another dog everyting will fall into place, I don’t know.

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Can I Get Your Opinion on Something

June 22nd, 2017

Can I Get Your Opinion on Something

Hey there!

I’ve just uploaded this piece and would like to get your opinion on it.

What do you think?


The inspiration for it came to me when I was out for a walk with my wife and dog, and saw this out from the corner of my eye. I love how the sun peeks out from the clouds creating a silhouette from over the trees.

It will be a part of my mobile photography collection soon, but for now it's in the private email subscriber collection until next Monday the 25th. to visit your subscriber protected gallery click the link at the bottom of this blog article to join my email list, where you'll get with my next email the gallery access code, as well as promo discounts, and more!

I'm doing more mobile photography of late because I want to see what a pro photographer can do with a smart phone camera. Did you know that more pictures have been made with a smart phone, than all the pictures from the history of photography!

In other words, one of my favorite restaurants is The Weber Grill here in Chicagoland. Yes, I like to cook with my own Weber, and when I go to the restaurant I appreciate the work that goes into preparing my meal, plus how the chef transforms grilling food into a work of art. So it goes with the smart phone camera.

I am feeling pretty good about 'Sunset Over the Tree'… what about you? I’d love to hear your thoughts (Reply to this email).


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Why I Am Thankful For My Dad

June 15th, 2017

Why I Am Thankful For My Dad


With Father’s Day in a few days, I want to take an important moment to be thankful for my Dad, and for the roll that all good Father’s play in society. And why I make pictures of fatherhood, What I will say here I think about almost every day, though this time of year is set aside to reflect and to share.

I realize that I may go too deep for some of you to read this. I want you to know that I get it. That you have not the same experiences with your father as I have. Dad (plus a good friend or two) taught me that every person has a right to their opinion, and it should be respected if I expect the same treatment. ...

I have to say I learned more from my father after he passed, than from when he was living. Because most of what he taught was from example. Now through my own life experiences, I hear his voice and see his examples in my mind. Father’s have that kind of weight in our lives. If we are all honest with ourselves, what our dad says and thinks is most important to us.

Our mothers nurture us, and our fathers prepare us. I realize in our culture today the role of the father has become inappropriately minimized and, in some cases, ridiculous.


“When we are born, we have a longing in our heart for a father to be a hero. And when those needs are not met, we hurt, we ache, we meet with lots of pain, and if we don’t resolve it, we share that pain into our marriage relationship, into our parenting.”

-- Dr. Meg Meeker


I longed for both my mom and my dad while growing up, What I needed from dad I didn’t need from mom, and the other way around. Growing up in an Italian and German family, it was exampled that mom was the queen in the home (a house is a woman's nest, so to speak), and dad was the king out on the street (he took initiative and took care of his family).

That my father exampled great respect for people as a person, especially women, set the tone for our family and my life today.

In other words, because of dad's example, I appreciate how God created the beauty of a woman’s figure, however, I also see a woman as another mans daughter, and they should be looked in the eyes and respected as such. What this means is that, when a man leads his family and life with right perspective, everyone in the home and the community falls into place.

This is why in many of my pictures of fatherhood you see the men exampling stability, protection, hope, leadership, and spiritual guidance.

Speaking of spirituality and faith, it comes from both of my parents, but it was dad who really showed us kids the power of prayer. For example, every morning before my dad went out the door to work he would kiss the Crucifix at the door, and this was after he spent some time in the dark before the early morning light praying his rosary.

What this brought was the perspective that through our wins and losses in life, to take it all in stride, as there is a larger purpose for our experiences than just our own needs and answers. And, over time, God showed us answers to prayer that most people today could not wait for because of our instant gratification society.

Most of our true problems we cause ourselves, because of the decisions that we make or don’t. I’m thankful to my dad and mom for teaching me to have good judgement and common sense, and to have good character and integrity. Dad, more than mom, told people all the time in a polite way what he thought of them. So there was not guess work about his honesty and loyalty to you as a friend, because he always wanted you to be a better person than you are.

So, yes, my family and I have shortcomings, and looking at us from the outside it may seem that we are not that successful. True success is reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success.

I hope by sharing these brief thoughts about my Dad that you some how are better for it.

Thank you for reading this, God bless you.


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Smartphone Camera Project

June 8th, 2017

Smartphone Camera Project

Did you know, more pictures have been made from a mobile device than all the pictures in the history of photography?

It's for this reason, and the few mentioned below, that I have decided to do a one year project with the Smartphone camera, producing and selling mobile prints as fine art.

Whether it be crisp sunlight on the detailed fibers of tree leaves, the delicate color balance of the ocean blue, the sparkling whites in the highlights of a black and white photograph, or worshipers in the darkness of a window lit church, through this Smartphone Project you will see for yourself mobile produced images that have been put through its paces by a thirty-year professional lensmen.

Professional features on the phone that I use, the ZTE Maven 2, such as (for you camera enthusiasts) ISO and exposure, and white balance, help to control the image like professional DSLR cameras. Though the sensor is only five megapixels, it is a very robust sensor with automatic features that make very sharp images.

When it comes to camera phones, I think its less about the megapixels and more about the technology in the sensor. …. and the vision of the person using the camera. Very little post processing is needed because of the latest technology, and more and more capable filters are becoming available to craft an image as if it were processed in Photoshop or the like.

Though quality of prints from a mobile camera start with the sensor, mostly it comes from the printing process being used. Epson Pro printers with the highest quality of archival inks are are what makes Frank J Casella Mobile Prints to be archival, and will keep the artwork from aging or fading provided it's not always in direct sunlight.

All of the Mobile Prints you order from my Artist Website I'm sure you'll be amazed by the superb quality and detail from this smartphone. Especially with the larger sized prints. All of it is printed and the fulfillment handled by Fine Art America, a PIXELS Company, who assures each print is produced using my high-resolution original photos, meticulously assembled at a state-of-the-art production facility, and delivered worldwide to your doorstep as a "ready-to-hang" masterpiece with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Stay tuned to this blog for updates on this project. If you'd like to see the images when they are uploaded, as well as receive a special purchase discount, I'll first be adding them to the email subscriber gallery for a limited time.


Photo: 'Birdbath in Black and White by Frank J Casella

Sunrise Through Trees and Fence

June 6th, 2017

Sunrise Through Trees and Fence

When I saw this bright moment in time (find link below to see full view), the thought came to mind how the radiance of God envelops our lives with His Light of Love and Beauty.


The reason that really caused me to click the shutter though was that fence. It stops the eye from traveling to spend a little more time with that burst of light.


So much so, that in life we can get so busy and distracted that we fail to see the beauty of the moment that God puts before us.


Especially in our relationships with others, with answers to our problems, or simply in listening to the voice of God speak to our lives as His child, for those of us who believe.


I can see a print of this on a wall, say in a breezeway or in a bathroom, or a business entry or waiting room, someplace were we spend time to 'sit' and look at the walls, if you will.


It's a scene that makes me feel warm and glowing inside, that my worries are taken care of if only I just trust and have faith.


Enjoy your day!

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When you give God the space to speak

June 2nd, 2017

When you give God the space to speak

If you read the Bible on a daily basis as I do, then you'll know what I mean when I say God speaks to you through his Word.


This also happens with me in daily life. You know it when the experience whacks you in the face like with a stick.


Recently I was viewing my feed on Instagram and came across this sentence by Sarah Kroger, as only a Worship leader and Songwriter can say it:

"When you give God the space to speak, He has a lot to say."


How true is this with photography ... and the art on our walls.


This caused me to recall another sentence by Artist Lina Woods, that I think pulls this all together:

"Faith-based art and design does not have to be old world style or traditional. If your faith is part of your life, it can be incorporated into your contemporary lifestyle."


This is so much about, and falls right in line with, the Goodness and Hope pictures that I create and why I do this.


Yes, I know several Sacred Artists who create ICONS about the Faith. They all have their place, and do very well. Art today, as with our lives, I believe also serves a purpose to be a blend of our culture and our Faith.


This not only allows the art we collect to speak about what moves us and is important to us, but it allows God to speak to the viewer about their own faith.



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Photo: Pathway by Frank J Casella.

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Is it summer yet?

May 30th, 2017

Hope you've all had a meaningful Memorial Day Weekend.

Some have called it the unofficial SUMMER KICKOFF. I'd like to invite you to A Pixels Summer.

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Honoring Those Who Served

May 27th, 2017

Honoring Those Who Served

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I never was an United States Serviceman, but my father was. I do appreciate the benefits though of what these men and women do, and who've served, provide this beautiful Country.

Thank you for your Service to our Country!






View my picture story 'The American Flag' which I think speaks in ways that words cannot. Click here and then find the slideshow button at the top right.

Thank you and enjoy!


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Swoon Worthy Magnnolia

May 23rd, 2017


I wish you could smell the aroma as I did when I made this picture. You could tell is was in perfect bloom.

Which makes it Swoon Worthy.


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Flower and Fence

May 20th, 2017

A single orange flower is the focus of this image. And it is illuminated in this scene in a way that reminds how important it is to reach for our dreams, even if we are the only one doing so at the time.


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Five contemporary artists whose works inspire and inform me

May 20th, 2017

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Laura Fasulo - An award winning fine art photographer. Laura attended Manhattan's School of Visual Arts. Her colorful style of expression covers a range of subjects that includes conceptual, dance art, seashore and more. - I love her vision of simple moments often seen but not noticed, and her love of people and family moments.


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Jen Norton - Everyday moments of faith, family and home are Jen's subject matter. She works in acrylic, using expressive color, texture and pattern to reveal the sublime in the ordinary. Jen seeks to develop order and beauty from chaos, and believes that through art, one can hear the whisper of a mighty Creator. Jen's intention is that her art may cause you to pause and listen. - I mostly relate to Jen and how her work speaks about Faith in ways that words cannot. I'm also inspired by the number of directions her audience comes from to experience her visual messages.


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Thomas Woolworth - Tom always carries a camera with him and attempts to capture the moments that occur around him. His mom said she placed the 1st camera in his hands when he was 4 years old. Tom continues to use the latest digital and technological advancements in software to display his work. - Most important about Tom is the broad range of his subject matter seen in a new way. He snaps many, many pictures and his collection here shows this is a proven method for speaking to the many tastes as diverse as our society.


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Mona Edulesco - An Artist and Architect based in Lyon, France. Most of Mona's artwork focuses on the city life and urban spaces, from miniature paintings to urban landscapes works at large-scale. Mona loves to work with heavy textures and to achieve vibrant dynamic color schemes. - I just love the fun and colors Mona's artwork possesses, and subjects she chooses to paint.


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Cameron Smith - This meaningful artist started Smith Catholic Art in 2001 as a response to St. John Paul II's 1999 Letter to Artists and the New Evangelization. It endeavors to answer the call to make visual the beauty and richness of the Catholic faith. - In my conversations with Cameron, I have to say he's a true Sacred Artists who works tireless to keep the Icon Art community alive. His work shares his spirit of Love and blessings.


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Strong Composition

May 20th, 2017


Many times the key factor of a great photograph comes from it having strong composition. Yes, the story is important but, without strong composition the story gets lost I think. Check out the Whimsically Expressive collection on my Artists Website and you'll get the idea what I'm talking about.

Collection; https://frankjcasella.pixels.com/collections/whimsically+expressive

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A Prayer For Mothers

May 20th, 2017


All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.

We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.

We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.

We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.

We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.

We remember mothers. grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.

Amen.




A Mothers Love Art Photograph by Frank J Casella




To all of the Mothers in the world, Happy Mothers Day!

Just like the Mother Mary said 'Yes", and her womb is known as the First Tabernacle, we look to all of you this day with reverence and high respect and celebrate your choice to bless the world with new life. Born and the stillborn. We can not have Birthdays without your Love.

To all Fathers, may we all be devoted to lead our homes to be a model of the Holy Family. As it is said, the best gift that you can give your Wife is to love your Children and the best gift that you can give your kids is to love their Mother.




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"Speak .... Without Saying A Word"

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Preparation is the Key to Opportunity

May 9th, 2017



In the game of basketball, as in the game of life, preparation is the key to opportunity. Whether on the court or off the court. It's all about developing relationships.


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Colors

May 6th, 2017

“Your life will be colourful if you just add colours to your life! It is your own decisions that will determine to have a miserable or a marvellous life!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan



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Where There Is Not Love

May 4th, 2017

"Where there is not love, put love. And then you will find love."

- Saint John of the Cross



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When you look at this picture I'm sure it will bring many interpretations. Based on our own world view.

Some will see loneliness, others will see a quiet moment, yet others will see something more.

The words that came to mind when I saw this moment was that when we don't love we live alone. In other words, we really only love God as much as we love the person that we love the least.

Although this person is checking their smartphone, and may have good relationships, many of us, if we admit it, are alone without personal interaction with other people in a meaningful conversation on a regular basis.

The good news is, as the quote suggests, the best way to find a friend is to be a friend. (And keep it simple, without expectation.)


By the way, I made this picture with the ZTE Maven 2 Smarphone. I have it especially because it has professional photography features on a 5 MP rear-facing camera. I plan to do a photo project only using mobile photography for one year. More on this soon in a couple weeks or so.

So you may be asking, why did I get a phone with a 5MP camera when others have more MP's? Because, believe it or not, having more MP's or a larger sensor is only a myth. Having the latest and most superb technology in an image sensor is what's important.

This sensor makes amazing sharp pictures right out of the camera! Keep an eye on my mobile prints collection on my site, or the Flickr link below for more as I upload new work.



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This Land Was Made For You And Me

May 2nd, 2017






It's the month of May already! Monday was Loyalty Day in the United States, and at the end of the month we have Memorial Day.....


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There are several holidays that celebrate the meaning of the American Flag. If there was one theme that I could use to describe it all, it would be the words and music by Woody Guthrie from 'This Land Is Your Land'... "This land was made for you and me".

These are the words that came to mind when I saw the moment in the image above. The clouds move across the globe, and across the vast country many of you reading this call home. ....

... and the flag in the picture might be small, but it has much strength and meaning in comparison to the size of the background.

I really have not realized the size of the United States until I took a train excursion from one end to the other. I could not help but think about the World Wars, and the US Constitution, and all the people who've made freedom possible.

All of this continues today to make sure we maintain the land of the free and home of the brave. And this all starts with 'us' I think.

In other words, 'US' may stand for United States, and what this means (to me is) it's up to 'us' to make this country great. How we live our lives, and how we influence others, and how we reach out to government and church leaders.

"Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." -- Saint John Paul II




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Pink Petals in the Sunlight

April 29th, 2017



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Pink petals reach for the sunlight on a suburban street.

Are their any other options for us who wish to live a vibrant life?

Keep reaching for the sunlight ....


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American Golf Course and Coffee

April 18th, 2017



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It is said that most business is conducted outside of the office on a golf course. I'm not a golfer, so I'd say a close second would be the local coffee house.

Here are two mementoes that help celebrate the times of our lives.

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Holy Week 2017

April 9th, 2017



When we stare at the Crucifix


… long enough


…. our lives become more about Love


… and less about us.




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What Makes Someone An Artist

April 9th, 2017



“Art isn't only a painting. Art is anything that's creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.

What makes someone an artist? I don't think is has anything to do with a paintbrush. There are painters who follow the numbers, or paint billboards, or work in a small village in China, painting reproductions. These folks, while swell people, aren't artists. On the other hand, Charlie Chaplin was an artist, beyond a doubt. So is Jonathan Ive, who designed the iPod. You can be an artists who works with oil paints or marble, sure. But there are artists who work with numbers, business models, and customer conversations. Art is about intent and communication, not substances.

An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally.

That's why Bob Dylan is an artist, but an anonymous corporate hack who dreams up Pop 40 hits on the other side of the glass is merely a marketer. That's why Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, is an artists, while a boiler room of telemarketers is simply a scam.

Tom Peters, corporate gadfly and writer, is an artists, even though his readers are businesspeople. He's an artists because he takes a stand, he takes the work personally, and he doesn't care if someone disagrees. His art is part of him, and he feels compelled to share it with you because it's important, not because he expects you to pay him for it.

Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn't matter. The intent does.

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”

― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?



Let's read that again ..

"Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn't matter. The intent does.

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”"


It doesn't say how much you charge, or not. But how much you change the recipient.




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Morning Light on Rush Street - Chicago

April 9th, 2017

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I love the morning sunlight in this photograph, as well as the lines from the buildings, and curves form the architecture. The people and vibe of the city play into all this.

Look at all those windows!

It makes me think about the number of people behind each one, or not. And about audience and impact. In other words, how in my last post I shared that many Artists say they have to be on all the Social Media channels because followers like to find them on the SM channel they spend time with. And how I find that when you offer an email list all these followers share the emails, if the content is quality, and build the 'tribe' if you will.

Those windows speak to me about (size and impact of) tribe.

Likewise, I find the same thinking with regards to the number of platforms artists offer their work for sale. There are more and more POD (Print On Demand) sites startups each year, who offer millions and millions of artworks. The thinking, then, is to offer their artwork everywhere because something is better than nothing … and it's all about being 'found'.

The thing is, most of the POD sites sell the artwork at a set fee, and provide each vendor / artist a set commission. Personally, I prefer to sell only with the branded websites of Fine Art Amercia (Pixels.com, MobilePrints.com, Licensing.Pixels.com, and my own Artist Website: FrankJCasella.Pixels.com). I do this because they are not only the largest platform - like Amazon and YouTube and iTunes - for the fine art world, they also have the greatest business model in my opinion, where they believe in supporting artists by allowing them to set their own prices and also are supported by the largest commission structure.

What happens, though, instead of pricing their work competitive with the other sites, many artists raise their pricing on Fine Art America. So by not keeping their prices with the standard best or volume sellers, this is what causes them to move and to sell on the other sites, competing against themselves.

So the question I hear most is if artists are on the largest branded site how do they get found? In my opinion, the answer firstly is not to post my artwork everywhere, rather to post my artwork with the trusted brand, who believes in art in culture by supporting artists. Informed customers and collectors see this. Society needs 'images' through works of art, that are examples of virtue and help form our thinking as a culture .. Art is not a luxury. Secondly, many artist wait to be found instead of causing themselves to be found .. which brings us back to tribe.

All of this to say, when an artist sells their artwork only with the trusted brand, it builds equity of their own brand as an artist.

Look at all those windows. And think about the people behind them. They 'all' one day will know where to find Casella Art Photography. Because they've 'all' one day would have heard of PIXELS.com

My objective as an Artist and Photographer is to get my artwork on as many walls possible, because my customers have something to say, through my artwork, to 'Speak - Without Saying A Word' if you will, to make a positive difference in the world.



Enjoy your day!

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

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Branch Patterns

April 3rd, 2017



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The light and shadow detail the patterns of the branches in this photograph. The term 'Family Tree' comes to mind, as an illustration of the extentions of family branching out.

This can also illustrate the reverse, with regards to the internet and Social Media Marketing. The theory is, how the many channels we post on that bring the followers back to the main site.

But then again, as many Artists say they have to be on all the channels because followers like to find them on the SM channel they spend time with, I find when you offer an email list all these followers they subscribe and check their e-mail first. They then share the emails, if the content is quality, and keep it in the 'Family Tree' if you will.

When I saw this moment, through the camera viewfinder, it reminded me how many directions we may go in life, and how important it is to have a base to ground us. The black and white really pulls out the texture and detail of the patterns and light.



Enjoy your day!

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

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Bench in the Prairie

April 1st, 2017



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I can picture someone sitting here in deep thought.

We often don't have time for this, so it's important to make time.

That is what Sunday's are for, but society has changed this through busyness.

Be a person of purpose .... schedule time to think if you have to.

Don't let confusion and busyness keep you from the power of thinking, and having a meaningful life that meets the potential that only you can do.





Enjoy your day!

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Lakefront Vibe City of Chicago

March 28th, 2017


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From strollers to segways, people enjoy the beautiful weather in Grant Park on the lake in Chicago, Illinois.





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Check Out the New Look

March 25th, 2017


Pictures speak in ways that words can not. Since the time when I was shy as a child, pictures have been a way for me to illustrate how I see the world around me, without saying a word.

This is the thinking behind the new new look of my Artist Website.

I've also pulled out the old, yet still relevant, logo from my archives to carry this them.

Check it out!

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"Speak .... Without Saying A Word"

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Hoop

March 23rd, 2017

I've uploaded this artwork to your private subscriber gallery on my Artist Website and PIXELS with a special discount (for prints, pillows, and shower curtains only) until the end of March, 2017.

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Basketball is a game where you focus to put a ball through a hoop and, like the game of life, to develop relationships in such a way to reach your goal. Sure it's about winning. What's more important, though, is the friendships and difference we make because of it.


Click here to visit the subscriber protected gallery. Iconic art photographs created by me especially for you. To enter, you have to be a subscriber to my E-mail Newsletter list found at the link at the bottom of this blog post. The password to enter this gallery is included in each new email that I send out.



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Religious Easter Greeting Cards

March 17th, 2017


"Easter is not simply one feast among others, but the 'feast of feasts,' the 'solemnity of solemnities,' just as the Eucharist is the 'sacrament of sacraments' (the Great Sacrament). St. Athanasius calls Easter 'the Great Sunday' and the Eastern churches call Holy Week 'the Great Week.' The mystery of the Resurrection, in which Christ crushed death, permeates with its powerful energy our old time, until all is subjected to him" (CCC 1169).

-- via catholic.com


For Christian's, and Catholic's especially, Easter is time to share a greeting card or other meaningful gift to those we love.

This gallery below is to help you create and send meaningful artwork of the Easer message. The inside of each card has a matte white finish and can be customized with a text message up to 500 characters in length.

Just click on the images of your choice and, while you're there, click on 'Greeting Cards' option ... you can then view the discounts available when you purchase single cards, or a box set of 10 or 25 greeting cards.

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Religious Easter Greeting Cards by Frank J Casella



Additional Collection on my MobilePrints site






You can also browse through several of the greeting cards artwork which have been designed by our community of artists and photographers, at Catholic Art Gallery Group, from all over the world.

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Card Details

+ Our greeting cards are 5" x 7" in size and produced on digital offset printers using 110 lb. paper stock.

+ Each card is coated with a UV protectant on the outside surface which produces a semi-gloss appearance.

+ You may customize the inside the card with your own personal message, and each card comes with a white envelope for mailing and/or gift giving.

+All greeting cards ship within 48 hours, and shipping is available to any destination in the world.






A meaningful Lent, and Happy Easter to you!

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Family and Friends

March 4th, 2017



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It's important to have family and friends. Sometimes, though, our friends are more like family, and our family can be more like friends. It all depends on what we need from ... or give to ... each other.

The people around us the most influence where and how we go in life, and us with them. So, it's wise to pick and choose who we spend most our time with.

Life is too short ....





Enjoy your day!

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Golden Hour Foliage

March 3rd, 2017



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The setting sun illuminates the golden leaves of the autumn trees. When the Lord dwells inside of us, we illuminate with His love. ... we live our faith when we share it on to others.




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Black and White Photography Showcase

February 28th, 2017

Black and White Photography Showcase




Friends, I'd like to introduce you to my LinkedIn Showcase Page of Black and White Photography.

I've had a camera in my hand for most of my life, and many people say that my eyes see through the viewfinder in black and white.

So, I've decided to create a page on LinkedIn showcasing only my black and white images, you can find that here or copy/paste the link below


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Student of the Game

February 27th, 2017



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Good students make better athletes.


It is said that children learn more from our actions than from our words.


This includes how we play the game ... and apply it to life.


The way we treat others.


The way we respond ... or react.


And how we develop relationships because of 'the game'.


Lead. Mentor. Example. Illustrate.


If you were in Catholic grade school, like I was, you might remember what the Nuns used to say ...

... God gave you two ears and one mouth ...


... Listen.




Enjoy your day!

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Signs - Monochrome

February 22nd, 2017



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Often when I photograph people, it's a study on body language.


Here, with this picture, you might call it an urban study.


... or the many languages of society.


Signs instruct us through life. Help us communicate with the world around us.


I was intrigued by this moment in time, because whether it's symbols, or body language, they're all a form of communication.


.. it's all universal, and how we understand them is black and white.



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The Art of Light - Monochrome

February 20th, 2017


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This is a black-and-white conversion from my color post yesterday, that several of you asked me to do. Hope you like it as much as I do!


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The Art of Light

February 18th, 2017



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Through the drama of our daily life, we need to make it a point to search for the beauty of the Light.

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Love

February 14th, 2017

Love



The most necessary right in life, is to love and be loved.


Hug someone you love today and everyday life is too short.












Picture: Lovers Reading under a shaded tree by Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois.

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South for Winter

February 11th, 2017



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The bird bath is full of snow, so the birds must have gone South for Winter.

Retired people mostly go South for winter, but working people often do not.

We are now in a era where we no longer sell what we make but, rather, we sell ideas.

This more and more is making more of us mobile more and more.

So, maybe the day will come when we all can go South for winter.

Why do people go South for winter?

Why do birds go South for winter?

Because it is too cold. Yes?

It is far warmer for us humans to stay inside and enjoy a beautiful picture of winterlust ...


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For Sale or for Soul

February 8th, 2017

If you found my email to you on Saturday (see my last blog post - click 'next' button), where I talked about my marketing strategy for the new year, I said that I would share every other day images to Flickr with a thought, and others for sale I'll email to you that have been posted to my artist website.

Some of you asked why and what's the difference. Well, some pictures are for sale while others are for your soul. Some pictures we want to buy because they pull at our hearts, and others we need just a simple moment to inspire us for one day or moment in time.

Sometimes the images for our soul end up for sale, and that is usually on special request, rather than an image that appeals to the masses.

The important thing is that we allow these moments in time, either for sale or for soul, to treat our lives as on a journey rather than towards a destination.




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New Year. New Strategy.

January 21st, 2017



Some of you know that I'm not active on Facebook, so you might think of this effort as my anti Facebook. You're right. Email is the original Social Media.

Personally, in place of Facebook I send a private group email to my close friends and family. They reply back in the same way.

Email as proven to be the best platform to share my uplifting photography and thoughts also. Many of you who've subscribed have shared my emails with others, and thus I've seen an incredible response in new subscribers. You have also replied to these mails and we've created dialog with each other. I am very thankful and grateful to you for this!! I appreciate you and learn so much from many of you.

So now it's time for me to back off from Twitter. Two reasons: 1) I've never had the interest to master it. 2) It's not the best platform for photography and photographers.

Where you will find me and my photos is Flickr, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Instagram. More on this in a moment.

Some of you reading this subscribe to my daily email, others of you subscribe to my Thursday only email. Over the holiday season, as you may know, I reduced the dailys to a three - five times a week schedule. Looking at the activity stats, I"ve decided to keep it this way and not go back to the daily emails.

If you want (to change to) the Thursday only emails, reply to this email and let me know to move your address to that list.

And if you're on the only Thursday list and want more, do the same ... reply and let me know.

As always, you can unsubscribe from all future emails at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link that is included at the bottom of each e-mail that you'll receive.

In-between the mails I'll be posting an picture and a thought on Flickr at least every other day. You'll also see that shared to LinkedIn if you'd rather follow it there. Which, by the way, has become a very powerful platform with it's own search and more like Google.

For extra measure, two other platforms that concentrate on photography and photographers is Instagram, and Tumblr (which has a Social Media aspect to it like Twitter).

So this is my new strategy for the new year that I thought I'd share with you. The whole purpose of it is to bring the world inspiration in life and, new email subscribers, then to develop relationships and trust that I might have the privilege for you to see my artwork on your walls ... and sending cards with my emotional photography to others you care for and love.



Thank you for being my customer! Enjoy your day!

Frank J Casella
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Proud American

January 19th, 2017

Proud American

Today's update is not meant to be political, rather American.


We live in a war-torn world.


There is much hate and shootings here in Chicagoland alone.


We have to decide ... all of us ... to make America, and the world, a place of peace, safety, and greatness.


Not deciding, is deciding.


America will see a new President tomorrow.


We must decide .. all of us ... to support him ... and give him a full shot at making a positive difference.


Every President that comes and goes works make a difference.


I believe there are no coincidence.


Now it's time for him to take things into a new direction ... just as it was eight years ago with the outgoing president.


Businessman and entrepreneur Donald Trump won the general election of The United States on November 8, 2016 and becomes the 45th President in U.S. history as of January 20, 2017.


His election came as a surprise to many, and revealed that he tapped into a large group of American Citizens who were no longer having their voices heard.


It turned out several key states that were considered to be Democratic strongholds, voters decided to give him the nod over his rival Hillary Clinton.


"On January 21st of 2017, the day after I take the oath of office, Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced. We are going to be considerate and compassionate to everyone. But my greatest compassion will be for our own struggling citizens." ~ Donald Trump


I'm deciding to be a Proud American!


God bless the United States of America.


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Fresh Snow on the Pines

January 16th, 2017

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Snowy branches on pine trees sparkle with the brilliance of fresh snow at the Izaak Walton Preserve in Illinois.

Though the day may be coming to an end, there is promise and hope for a fresh new tomorrow.

Though our lives have failures, sins, and shortcomings, the God of Love cleanses this up with His purity, and offers second chances.

.... how we forgive ourselves determines our tomorrow's.




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Struggle and Pleasure

January 16th, 2017


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Many times we take a walk through the woods to add balance and pleasure to our lives from stress and struggle.

It's healthy to take a walk, and pleasure is a good thing. Our society, though, I think has to keep this in the right perspective.

Many people believe that pleasure and freedom mean we can do what we want, when we want. But, true pleasure and freedom is to do what we aught to. Goals and discipline = freedom.

In other words, it is through our giving that we receive back so much more. So, pleasure to me does not mean what can I do for me, but rather how does what I do for me benefit others.

When I go for a walk in the woods, for example, does it help clear my mind to see a project or family matter more clearly. The end result always has to be outward thinking.

It is through our struggles, and serving others, that we become a better person. As a Catholic, or a Christian, it's important to remind ourselves that we go through struggles because we love Jesus. Just as He did on the Cross because of His love for us.


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Moving Forward

January 12th, 2017

Many people I talk to are saying that 2016 has been a difficult year. They're all looking forward with hope to 2017.

Our U.S. President is talking about his legacy as he leaves office. Have you ever thought about your legacy? I have not.

For me, legacy doesn't mean if people remember you as we move forward in life. Legacy for me means what contributions does our life make so the world is a better place to live ... whether or not people remember you for it.

This reminds me of something I read about the late Zig Ziglar in his book 'Embracing the Struggle'. It was towards the end of his life when he experienced a health set back, the doctor suggested to Zig that he could no longer do speaking engagements. So, he turned to his daughter and said something like "Well, I still have something to say, so we have to figure out how to change things to make this happen".

What about you, do you still have something to say? With your words, or through your work, or as a parent or son, or daughter? What changes can you make moving forward into a new year that will give your legacy impact?

For me, the comments on my pictures, and feedback from customers, are enough motivation that my pictures are transforming lives. It's not about me, but about the emotion in the Artwork. Next year I just need to make more pictures than I made in the last year.


Keeping you all in prayer, that God bless you where you need it most moving forward.

Happy New Year to you!


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Sunset Over The Tree

December 23rd, 2016



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This artwork has a painterly effect to it. I wanted to present a soft mood and sense of peacefulness ... like a Monet painting.


Because when I look at this scene it reminds me of something the great Ansel Adams has said ..


"Sometimes I do get to places just when Gods ready to have somebody click the shutter."




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Applause

December 14th, 2016





Dear Friend,


Do you love yourself for who you are as a person, or for what you do?



As I go out with my camera to photograph how people relate to each other through their body language, I find many of us judge our success by the applause of our audience.



In other words, we do our best work in life, and give our best performance, when we judge ourselves not by results but rather by hard work that builds fruit in people.



For example, when I create a new art photograph my purpose is to share truth, hope, goodness and love, and not look at the sale or the people who may like it or not.



We should applaud ourselves when our life and work solves a problem, fulfills a need, serves a constructive purpose, or lifts others to a higher level.



This to me fosters true happiness in the person who we are.



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Canoes In The Snow - Monochrome

December 7th, 2016



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Sometimes the seasons of life may make us feel out of place, that clouds come over us.

These are the times we take a step back to see the beauty. To step outside ourselves and see what others see.



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You Surprised Me

November 29th, 2016


Dear Loyal Friends,


On Saturday I shared with you here how to save a bundle with the Fine Art America / PIXELS one-day free shipping, and to then buy your frames locally.

Well, I am surprised how several of you not only chose to take advantage of the free shipping, but many of you decided to buy larger prints WITH frames that would normally increase your shipping costs. WOW!!

This time of the year we see messages about Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, CyberMonday, and GivingTuesday.
I would like to simply say THANK YOU!!

As you may know, instead of my participation in these discount days, I already provide you the best value I can every day of the year.




Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift that will:

Create hope to someone struggling.

Bring goodness and joy to those most important to you.

Share your faith with those you love or are praying for.

Make someone smile who you know appreciates a simple moment in time from the City of Chicago, the Village of Homewood, IL. or the Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve.

Impact the world with simple moments of life.



Then check out Frank J Casella Photography!


I have everything listed right here:

Frank J Casella Photography on PIXELS





Check out my Stocking Stuffers including:


Pillows

Smartphone Cases

Portable Battery Chargers

Round Beach Towels

Greeting Cards and Boxed Gift Sets

Youth Apparel

Men's and Women's T-shirt and Apparel


Stockings don't have to look like stockings. Break the mold. Hang totes by the chimney with care and fill with goodies!

Tote Bags





Thank you for being my customer.

Merry Christmas to you!!

Frank J Casella
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How To Save A Bundle Shopping Online

November 28th, 2016




Dear Loyal Friends,

I wanted to let you know of an update to the free shipping offer from Fine Art America / PIXELS, as well as share with you how to use this to save a bundle.

For example, the two largest expenses when buying art online are the framing and the shipping costs. Plus, when you have your art framed it adds weight and size which causes you more cost in shipping.



Firstly ...

FREE SHIPPING EXTENDED! Today only. Any product. Any size. Any destination in the world. This offer expires at midnight (New York time). You don't need any special discount code. Just place your order before the deadline, and shipping will be free!



Second ...

A note to the locals around Homewood, IL. about my prints. If you're on a budget, buy the print closest to 12x16 size. You will then be able to purchase a frame with glass at that size from the local Art Corner Frame Store in the Southgate Plaza. Let them know I sent you, the'll know what to do.

You'll save a ton!



Third ...

If you're not a local ... no worries ... I've got you covered!

Available in 150+ US retail locations, you can purchase your favorite Frank J Casella photographs to proudly display in your own home or office from your local Deck the Walls, The Great Frame Up, and the Framing and Art Centre.

Just visit your local store and, if you don't see what you'd like, use their kiosk to search for - Frank J Casella - and select your favorites. Have your artwork then shipped to the store and, when it's delivered, the in-store consultants would be more than happy to help you choose proper substrates and framing.

Would you rather shop online? I get that!

Click your mouse to the store of your choice, for example:

Shop The Great Frame Up Art.

Again, have your artwork then shipped to the store and, when it's delivered, the in-store consultants would be more than happy to help you choose proper substrates and framing.




By the way, here are three positive reasons to shop local especially this Saturday, November 26th, which is Small Business Saturday:

1) In todays world where so much of everything is virtual, visit a local, small business retailer this weekend and enjoy the real-time, personal service.

2) We live in a global village. Spending your holiday gift money at a locally-owned, small business retailer positively profits your own village.

3) Since youll be out shopping anyway, visit your local small businesses and discover personal service, offer some personal support, and give some personal satisfaction.



Thank you for being my customer! Merry Christmas to you!

Frank J Casella
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PS. A gifting tip: Find a local artist who creates regional scenes. Buy a art print or poster and send it to a family member or friend who moved away.

Look around for other unique, locally-produced or themed gifts. They mean so much more than just another mass-made product.

Gift as a way to make a better world.



I'll be in touch with you on Monday, as I try to never send an email on Sunday. Enjoy your day of rest!





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Gift Giving As A Way To Make A Better World

November 25th, 2016




Go Forth and Give Freely

The post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy has begun, and for some, the focus on sales and spending can detract from the true "reason for the season." Thomas Moore, author of The Soul of Christmas, writes that if shopping for gifts feels empty or annoying, perhaps the problem is not with the practice of gift-giving, but the spirit in which the giver approaches it.

To read his reflections on the significance of gifts to the Christmas spirit and advice on how to give with soul, click here





Christmas or Hanukkah.Ive got you covered! Then enjoy the gifting seasons without stress.

Get beautiful artwork on tote bags, beach towels, pillows, greeting cards, prints, phone cases, apparel, and more! Get your holiday gift buying done!


Frank J Casella Goodness and Hope Art Photography

#SmallBusiness #ShopSmall



FREE SHIPPING! Today only. Any product. Any size. Any destination in the world. This offer expires at midnight (New York time) on Friday, November 25th. You don't need any special discount code. Just place your order before the deadline, and shipping will be free!






Merry Christmas!

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Expressing Gratitude

November 22nd, 2016



Gratitude

Gratitude, or expressing thankfulness, is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.

This time of the year we see messages about Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, CyberMonday, and GivingTuesday. I would like to simply share with you a message of Thanksgiving.

I would like to thank all of you for blessing me with the gift to bring you my God given talents of goodness and hope. Images that Transform, Inspire, Educate, Inform, and Celebrate Life. This is priceless to me ... and to humanity.

My sincere hope is that my images tell you stories about life that many of you relate to; that inspire and help some of you make it one more day; and that transform your thinking and thus your life. From the comments you send my way, this touches my heart that you benefit so greatly from my work!

As you break bread with family and friends this Thanksgiving and think about all you are thankful for, please know that I'll be thinking about each of you, and saying a prayer for you In thankfulness.



Enjoy your day!

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Art Contest - Religious Christmas Cards

November 16th, 2016




I've created an artists contest, through Catholic Art Gallery Group that I curate, for religious subject Christmas Greeting Cards.

The jury will be voting soon, however, you can shop a variety of subjects and pricing submitted at any time during the contest.


Contest - Religious Christmas Cards




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America

November 10th, 2016





"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,

and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation UNDER GOD,

indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."



'The American Flag' Art Print Gallery



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I Vote For Jesus

November 8th, 2016



Make sure you go out and vote today

... and vote your conscience.


Leave the rest to God ...

.... then whatever happens at the polls, God will reign.


Our work begins tomorrow, building bridges and healing wounds.






Enjoy your day!

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Autumn Wind

November 3rd, 2016



The transition to Winter as colors and leaves fall from the trees.


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What Is Confidence

November 2nd, 2016


Confidence is known as a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities.

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Something you may not know about me, is that I was very shy as a child. In fact, from pre-school through maybe fifth grade I didn't talk much in school, if at all.

Much of why I am a photographer is because I used pictures to share how I see the world. In talking I didn't have trust that people cared about what I had to say.

Then one day, a very gifted teacher had a chat with me and this helped to build the confidence I needed.

Today, because of positions I hold in the community, I am often asked to speak in public, often times in front of hundreds of people.

Confidence to me is the ability to do what we are capable of with the strength that God gives us.

I hope these words are helpful to you and give you confidence.




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Chicago Cubs

October 27th, 2016



Many of you know that I am the curator for the Chicagoland Art Gallery - Artist Group on Fine Art America and Pixels..com.

If you're looking for a unique memento for yourself or a friend, take a look at the link below today, and in the coming days, as more artwork rolls into the gallery.

Remember that Saturday's are feature days on the front page of the Chicagoland Art Gallery.



Chicagoland Art Gallery


If you are on Twitter look for our featured artwork using the hashtag -- #ChicagolandArtGallery -- also, to visit the group again directly use this short-link - http://tinyurl.com/ChicagolandArt - don't forget.



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Mustard Seeds

October 27th, 2016


"Jesus said, What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it?

It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.
When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches."

- Luke 13: 18-19



Many times we make life too complicated, when all we need to do is keep it simple.

October is my favorite month because of the tremendous colors in the trees, and the mild weather (it's also the month of my birthday).

I wish it could be like this every day of the year, but then we would not appreciate it as much I think.

Likewise, when we just plant seeds of kindness, and share with others simple moments in life, it is amazing how much more beauty is created in the world.

People see the difference you make and appreciate your kindness, though they many not always say so.

Who in your life was the most positive experience that has made an impact on you. What was it that made that impression and why?

Keep planting those seeds......





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Catholic Photography - Speak In Ways That Words Can Not

October 21st, 2016



I'd like to share with you again one of my most popular articles on LinkedIn. Many of you have subscribed to this newsletter since I've shared it before.

Enjoy!


Catholic Photography: Speak in ways that words can not




Thank you and God bless you were you need it most!


Enjoy your day!

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Holy Adoration

October 13th, 2016

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A person prays before the Monstrance (on the back wall of the altar) during Holy Adoration in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.

The Monstrance is an open or transparent receptacle in which the consecrated Host is exposed for veneration.



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How To Stretch Canvas Prints and Paintings

October 12th, 2016

Today, I'd like to share with you an article from one of my colleagues, Floyd Snyder.

Enjoy!




Original article here: How To Stretch Canvas Prints and Paintings and Maybe Avoid Framing





No, Im not going to get into the nitty-gritty of building a stretcher frame, mitering the corners, and discussing what sort of pliers or automatic stretching and stapling machine you should use. I want to talk about stretching from the aesthetic point of view and explain the three basic options in stretching your canvas.

There are typically three different methods to stretch your canvas. These methods would be applicable to either a print on canvas, a canvas transfer or an original oil on canvas.

The first is the Standard Wrap method. This is where the canvas is stretched with 100% of the image on the front. None of the image is on the sides, and the staples are showing on the sides. This method definitely yells out, Frame me. Otherwise, those nasty staples and possibly the ragged edges of the canvas will show on the sides.

The second method is the Museum Wrapped. In a Museum Wrap, 100% of the image is showing on the front with the image going right up to the edges, and the plain white canvas is showing on the sides.

In this methoed, the staples are on the back and do not show. The sides are then treated to the owners specifications. In many cases, the sides are painted black. In others, the sides are painted some color that is complimentary to the colors in the artwork itself. This should be the stretching method of choice where important elements of the image are run right up to the sides and truncating them by wrapping the image on the sides would compromise the image and the artists intentions.

The third method is the Gallery Wrap. Here is where the image is stretched around the sides of the stretcher frame and the staples are on the back. The image is taken right up to the back edge of the sides and shows on the sides.

Both the Gallery and the Museum Wrap lend themselves to be hung with or without a frame. However, if you use the Gallery Wrap and a frame, the image on the sides is lost.

In artwork like the new Rodney White prints on canvas, the different stretching methods become important issues. Rodney White is probably the hottest artist in America right now. His prints are full bleeds, where the image is all the way to the edge of the paper. He also paints words that are already truncated right up to the edge of the image. If you use the Gallery Wrap method, you are going to lose even more of the words that are an important part of his images. Go to Rodney White on eBay to view his work, and you will easily see what I mean. The Museum Wrap should be the stretching method of choice on these prints. It leaves you with the option of framing or hanging it without a frame. Either would work and would not interfere with the image.

In considering seascapes or landscapes, where the image is merely a continuation all the way to the edges, the Gallery Wrap is very effective. There are also many images where there is plenty of negative space or an abundance of sky and/or grass where this method is also effective and aesthetically pleasing.

Finally, heres a little tip on hanging your Museum or Gallery Wrapped canvas. You may want to consider hanging it from the stretcher frame itself with no hanger hardware. I like my unframed canvases to hang flush against the wall. I achieve this by putting two nails in the wall about 6 inches apart, making sure I get them level. You can use small a carpenters level for this. Then I merely hang the piece on the nails. Use the proper size picture hangers if weight is of a concern. But most unframed canvases are fairly light. Make sure you use two nails so that it will stay level. That also works when hanging artwork with wire hangers on the back.

Floyd Snyder






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Columbus Day 2016

October 10th, 2016




Monday, October 10th is Columbus Day, which is a state and federal holiday.

The holiday started in 1792 as an Italian-American heritage celebration in New York.

The day was declared a federal holiday in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

As an Italian-American, I've always enjoyed the Chicago Columbus Day Parade, and the bread and Italian food samples tossed to the crowd.

As a Catholic, the day usually started off with Mass and the Knights of Columbus, I remember doing all this with my dad, then to go work the parade.

Later in life I did this as part of my work with Cardinal Bernardin, also an Italian. Cardinal George followed wth the tradition.

There are some great Italian organizations who do wonderful charity work, such as organizing food baskets to the working poor for Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday's.

So, I hope you have the day off, but if not please remember in your thoughts and prayers the many people with great acts of kindness because of Christopher Columbus and the symbolism of what this day represents.


Enjoy your day!

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Autumn Air

October 8th, 2016




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The cool Autumn breeze transforms the colors in the trees, the change of seasons, and brings with it hope for the future ... much like the seasons of life.

Image made at Izaak Walton Preserve, Homewood, Illinois.


I LOVE October!




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Tumblr. Have you heard of it?

October 7th, 2016




Have you heard of Tumblr?


Its a Social Media and Blogging platform together.


Click here for the stats.


Click here and scroll down to learn more about it, and sign up.


They even have this nifty notifier thingy to let your smartphone tell you when I post a new picture.


Click here to view my Tumblr.




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White Branches In Black

October 6th, 2016





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White tree branches are illuminated by the evening sunlight. I always love the Autumn light. The drama produced by the deep shadows.

It makes for great black and white photography with strong contrast, sparkling whites, and deep blacks.

This tree without leaves speaks to me in that, with life, even when we feel vulnerable or unworthy, we are still beautiful through God's eyes.




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Why Be Social

October 5th, 2016


In my email yesterday I talked about email marketing plans for the Holiday season, as well as the Social Media platforms I am on. Several of you asked me why I use Social Media if my email marking is doing so well.

Good question! Social Media is a way (for me) to bring awareness to my Artwork and my Brand. When a person receives enough value from my posts, they subscribe to my email list.

Now, you also asked me how I chose what Social Media platforms to be on. I will list below each platform and a short description:

LinkedIn: The largest professional network in the world. Plus almost always at top of search engines.

Flickr: The place online for photography and photographers, and owned by Yahoo - the default search engine for Firefox browser, thus for image search.

Instagram - The best place for marketing and advertising photos and photography.

Tumblr: Like Facebook and Twitter, but more for graphics and photography content. Plus it's not Facebook or Twitter.

Twitter: Mostly to auto post my content from my art blog and other Social Media platforms. Used it more to share art groups when I was the group moderator for PIXELS.

Short of the long, I don't do any 'selling' on Social Media, rather attract awareness towards my talents. Email Marketing is where I do the selling. This is the audience who trusts me enough to give me their email address in exchange for information they want to know about.

This article best explains how if you have Socail Media without an email list, you most often have activity without accomplishment.

One other thing to mention, many people I know who use email marketing do not have or need a website. They just have an web URL for an opt in form for their email list. Well, since I provide art photography you'll find my pictures on all the sister sites of PIXELS.

However, I don't use a domain name either, in fact I dumped it a few years ago in exchange for branding my name - Frank J Casella - and my hashtag - #FrankJPhoto - because branding to me is being found in search engines and not a domain name.

Thank you for your questions and your interest in asking how I do things. So now you know ....




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Quality Over Quantity

October 4th, 2016


Almost two years ago I decided to leave Facebook for E-mail Marketing. Back then I was on just about every social media platform available.

Now my main Social Media platforms are Linkedin, Flickr, Instagram, and Tumblr.

I can tell you now that I'm a true believer how Email marketing is, by a wide margin, one of the most effective and profitable marketing channels for businesses.

Back then, a study by management consultancy McKinsey & Company suggests, "E-mail remains a significantly more effective way to acquire customers than social media--nearly 40 times that of Facebook and Twitter combined."

When I started with E-mail marketing it was a once a month email. Since then, as you know, I've treated it like Facebook with a post a day. Over this past summer I did a test of sorts with my send activity and my stats are very revealing.

For this reason, the closer we get towards Christmas the less I'm going to send you an email on a daily basis. The test over the summer - Always on Thursday, never on Sunday - revealed the Thursday emails to have an astounding response, while the two or three other emails during the week kept my artwork and Brand top of mind with you.

Yes, these E-mails are about inspiration, goodness and hope in life, yet the main function is for me to be in business. To share my photography with the world, and your purchases are an endorsement that what I do is meeting your wants and needs in life.

So I just wanted to keep you in the loop of things in case you're missing my daily email. With the saturation of information you'll see in the Holiday season I will be sending less E-mails.



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Saint Joseph - Foster Father of Jesus

October 3rd, 2016

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The Bible doesn't say much about Joseph, but what it says is powerful if you really study it.

St. Joseph was a man who understood the "why" of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and her 'Yes" to God to be what is known as the first tabernacle of Jesus.

In today's Gospels for the Catholic Church it tells us to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul. And to love your neighbor as yourself, through Mercy.

St. Joseph did just that!




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The First Day Of October 2016

October 1st, 2016




It's October! Did the year seem to go by fast for you? It did for me!

As we prepare for the changing of the leaves, and Halloween and Thanks Giving, we have to be mindful of preparing for Christmas ... getting our orders in early to save on express charges ... so below are some links to get started.


Do you send out Christmas cards through the Post Office, or give boxed gift sets? I've just updated my Greeting Cards gallery. More information available in the gallery descripton.

Likewise, if you're looking for religious cards, here is the Catholic Art Gallery on Pixels.com that I admin. Just click on any image and you will see your option to order your Greeting Cards. New artwork will be featured on the front page every Monday.


Since it is the season for Holiday gift giving, and most of you receiving this email love Chicago, here is the Chicagoland Art Gallery that I also admin on Pixels.com. The features here will be updated on the front page every Saturday.



Now back to the falling leaves off the trees with my next email.



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New Website Design

September 30th, 2016

If you recall, my profile pages on Fine Art America, and sister sites, had all my information on the left hand column. Now that is all moved up top. The page has a more clean look to it.


I like it! How about you?


Check it out:



Shop for art at FrankJCasella.FineArtAmerica.com


.... and products at FrankJCasella.Pixels.com.


... and mobile images at FrankJCasella.MobilePrints.com


.... image licensing at Licensing.Pixels.com


.... for design trade only at DesignerPrints.com




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Waiting For Her Walk

September 30th, 2016



Dog's have a way of communicating with us humans. Once we condition them, they never let us forget.




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Cropping Prints To Standard Sizes

September 28th, 2016




Effective immediately, you can now order your Frank J Casella prints cropped to standard sizes, such as:

8" x 10"
11" x 14"
24" x 36"
etc...



Before today, you were stuck with some very strange-looking print sizes which maintained the aspect ratio of my images

The sizes are:

5.500" x 8.000"
6.875" x 10.000"
8.250" x 12.000"
9.625" x 14.000"
11.000" x 16.000"
etc...



As you can see, they're all very strange sizes. This causes two major problems:

1. Since the prints aren't standard sizes, you can't put them into frames that you bought from the store or existing frames that you have in your home.

2. It's very difficult to order two or more Casella prints at exactly the same size. This makes it extremely frustrating to put together multi-print orders.


To solve this problem, you'll now see some additional options on the "Size" tab on the print pages.

Natural
Vertical
Horizontal
Square








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Here are the primary benefits to allowing you to crop to standard sizes:

A. Most of you are more comfortable seeing standard sizes. It's easier for you to understand the sizes, visualize them in your homes, and visualize them next to existing items in your homes.

B. It makes it much easier for you to purchase multiple Casella prints at the same size.

C. It makes it much easier for you to incorporate Casella prints into "gallery wall" configurations. For example... "I want to put one 24" x 36" print next to two 18" x 18" prints."

D. It makes it much easier for those of you who are large-volume buyers (e.g. hotel designers, etc.) to mix and match Casella prints with same-size prints from other artists on FAA / PIXELS.



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First Snow After Autumn

September 27th, 2016



Golden leaves from the last signs of Autumn pop against the white from the first snow of Winter.


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This was the most popular image viewed when I shared with you my Autum album on Flickr on September 22nd.

I can not describe it in words better than what you'll see from the comments how much it resonates with my colleagues and Art collectors alike. Click on the image above to view.

Here it is on Flickr




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Impatience

September 26th, 2016




In our fast paced world of instant gratification and information at our fingertips it's easy to have impatience.

Impatience is often times associated with anger. We can never make peace with our anger. Anger is caused by hurts and fears in our lives, and when things are not going our way.

On the other hand, when we focus on others and enjoy the beauty of the simple moments, and love people where they are, we see our purpose in life and have more peace.

Likewise, I have learned to have an eternal outlook in life. When we live for eternity we live for others.

If you are a prayerful person, it is important to rest in the Lord for direction. Sometimes the wait may cause impatience, because of not feeling close to God.

When we focus on Jesus, the Father will reveal His presence when we stop looking at self. This is the secret.

God works with us how He wants to work with us -- don't tell him how to do that -- it will often happen as a complete surprise as we surrender our will to Him.

All that is not given is lost. It is through our giving that we are blessed, and our impatience for this world goes away.



'The only thing we take with us when we die, is what we have given away.'

-- Francis Cardinal George




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Symbols

September 24th, 2016




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A symbol is a person or a concept that represents, stands for or suggests another idea, visual image, belief, action or material entity. Symbols take the form of words, sounds, gestures, ideas or visual images and are used to convey other ideas and beliefs.


The gesture of these hands are a symbol that illustrate the faith, hope and belief that Jesus is with us always.

The crosses are a reminder to Christians the love of Christ in our lives. And the corpus on the crosses is a reminder to Catholics that it is through our suffering for others that we are truly blessed.




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Its the First Day of Autumn

September 22nd, 2016

As I'm writing this from my back yard, the aroma from the neighbor's wood fire is teasing through the morning air. I look out at the yards and yards of trees, the leaves are transitioning from green to yellow, brown, orange, gold, and red. The chipmunks rustle through the fallen leaves, and the squirrels hop along the fence tops searching and preparing for Winter.

Much like the seasons of life, Autumn brings with it changes from the past year with a new hope for the new year to come. I love the month of October mostly because the weather is mild (between A/C and heating bills) as it is the most colorful month of the year. The sunlight is low and has this golden glow, which casts deep shadows that define the beauty of God's creation.

The landscape every day is a new painting from Mother Nature, and with each new color is like another brush stroke of perfection. Though here in the Mid-West, the colors change mostly towards the end of the month ( around my Birthday, which is a yearly gift! ), you can just feel the anticipation in the community at the local Harvest Fest and the Saturday morning Farmer's Market.

There seems this 'slowness' as people are back from summer vacation and settled into school or work schedules, and there are no major events or holidays or those usual things that keep us all busy.

Most of all October is a time to catch up with friends and relationships, to sit around the bon fires and to share and learn about life. Pumpkins, coffee, cider, s'mores, and apple pie.



Autumn Photography by Frank J Casella


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See My Photos Featured on The Pentax Photo Gallery

September 21st, 2016





The PENTAX Photo Gallery is a collection of images from artists around the world. It's a place to find inspiration and to connect with a community of passionate photographers who shoot with PENTAX cameras.


Browse my latest photos chosen by other photographers of the PENTAX Photo Gallery.



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Prosperity

September 19th, 2016




"Many people think, especially in the West, that having money makes you happy. I think it must be harder to be happy if you are wealthy because you may find it difficult to see God: youll have too many other things to think about. However, if God has given you this gift of wealth, then use it for His purpose to help others, help the poor, create jobs, give work to others. Dont waste your wealth. Having food, a home, dignity, freedom, health, and an education are all of Gods gifts too, which is why we must help those who are less fortunate than ourselves."

-- Saitn (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta.









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I chose the title for this photograph because these cone flowers have each other. Which to me makes life more prosperous than any financial wealth.



The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.

― Mother Teresa





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Chicagoland Art Gallery - Art Group

September 17th, 2016

They did it. The Chicago Cubs of 2016 have won the National League Central.

With this in mind, thought I'd share with you artwork that I curate on PIXELS / Fine Art America. I'm sure soon enough there will be more Cubs artwork on exhibit.


Chicagoland Art Gallery - Art Group


The mission of this gallery group is to rediscover, and to share with the fine art world, this beautiful city in and around the many communities of Northeast Illinois that some of us call home.

If you are on Twitter look for our featured artwork using the hashtag -- #ChicagolandArtGallery -- also, to visit here again directly use this short-link - http://tinyurl.com/ChicagolandArt - and follow the weekly features exhibited in the gallery.




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Shadows Abstract Blue

September 15th, 2016


Do you ever see a certain shadow or reflection and make a picture of it? Or, if you can't stop, make a point to enjoy the moment?

As a visual artist and photographer, I have come to learn how many moments are for my soul, and others are for 'sale'.

This is one of the few that has become both. In fact, I plan to hang this on my wall.

Enjoy!





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By the way, this also looks great as a Shower Curtain



... and as a Tote bag.



... also an iPhone 7 Phone Case.


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Projects

September 14th, 2016


Projects are a part of life. It's how we get things done.

Sometimes our projects become bigger as we move along ... such as with a plumbing issue.

Other times projects bring us much joy ... such as when we are helping people or a cause.

Some of us look at projects as something we have to do ... others of us view projects as something we get to do.

It's all in how you look at it.

Our lives, for example, are a work in progress. How we work at it determines our progress ... or not.

One project that is ongoing for me is my online photography portfolio. It is never done, and never will be. I'm always finding new ways to tweak it and improve it.

This project has come a very long way from when I started it. It is something that, hopefully, when it is done it will be when my life is done. And it will say as much about life ... you ... as it does about me.

Because I don't do it for me, I do it to share with all humanity.

I never viewed it this way until others started to say it. Sometimes our projects start out for ourselves ... what is important to us ... and become something important for others too.

Have a look ...



Frank J Casella Photographer Portfolio



"Frank Casella is a true gentleman who is dedicated to photography, his faith, and sharing with all humanity".

-- John H. White, Pulitzer Prize Photojournalist



What projects are you working on, or have worked on, that started out one way and became so much more than you imagined? Reply and let me know. As you may know, I will reply back.


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Motivation

September 13th, 2016




"Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis."

-- Zig Ziglar


Apple just released the new iPhone 7... and we just released our new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7+ cases!


Many of you tell me that my photography inspires you when you see it on your wall each day, now you can carry it with you to motivate you throughout your day.


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Its All Black and Whites

September 12th, 2016


When you remove the color from a photo, magic can happen. A persons expression is suddenly imbued with more meaning. A cool composition becomes more bold, more dramatic.

Removing color brings the focus to the subject and illustrates emotion.

Sound like a lot about life, doesn't it!

I curate a photographers group on MobilePrints.com, check out the latest features exhibited ...



Black and Whites Group




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Social Media Mumbo Jumbo

September 10th, 2016


One of the benefits of subscribing to this email list is that, unlike Social Media platforms, you have the peace to know that you wont miss anything I share with you.*

This is the main reason I opted out of Facebook and G+ for email communications. And I am always grateful to see how every week more people subscribe here.

This tells me that I have something to say that is important to you. I don't get caught up with 'Likes" and 'Faves" and "Retweets" ... I even encourage subscribers to unsubscribe ... so that I concentrate on the message to meet your wants and goals.

I bring all of this up because I've taken a Twitter break for the month of September. So far it seems it's gaining more followers who stay by my doing nothing, than when I'm active. If any of you can explain this to me, please do.

The other thing happening is on Tumblr. For a while I've just been 'working the plan'. Now all of a sudden a couple prominent rebloggers have followed me, Liked and reblogged my stuff, and now I have all this activity.

Activity is the proper word because, with Social Media especially, we should not substitute activity with accomplishment. It's when people take action beyond the follow, like, or whatever else that makes a true difference in our lives.

This is why when you opt into my list here with your email address, it says to me that you are taking action (outside the mumbo jumbo) to learn, to grow, to meet your wants and needs and to be inspired.

You've heard ( or rather read ) me say that you are only blessed when you truly share your blessings, because that is why God gave it to you. Thank you for the gift to chat with you through your inbox each day.



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Favorite Quotes

September 10th, 2016

Do you have a favorite quote to live by?


Here's mine:



'The only thing we take with us when we die, is what we have given away.'

-- Francis Cardinal George






Bonus:



"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want."

-- Zig Ziglar


There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.

-- Zig Ziglar




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More Coincidence

September 9th, 2016

Continued from last blog post ....




I believe that with God there is no coincidence.

Each day I pray, "Lord, put before my camera moments that you want to world to see".

Below are some of those moments, the captions are above each image.





A walk through the park at the Chicago lakefront always provides a unique moment in time. This one is most unique I can remember ... They were only there for fifteen minutes.

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As I was leaving the Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve a man came walking by with his dog. I was intrigued by the relationship the dog had with this man.

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I love this scenic and thus started making pictures, Then I noticed the Kayaks in the water, which I never saw in all the times I've been here in my lifetime.

Art Prints





As a former Firefighter, this is a unique moment that I made through a broken out window. If I had been in the building my lens would have steamed up.

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I was photographing a Catholic Mass for the Sports Faith Hall of Fame in the Payton Pavilion at Halas Hall. Usually when there are no kneelers people would rather stand. But this man decided to kneel .. then his family followed.

Photography Prints





While walking my dog, I turned around and saw his paw patterns in the snow. It reminded me of the famous 'Footprints in the Sand"... as well as something seen everyday but not noticed.

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So here is a taste of 'God moments' for you to see. Thank you for viewing.




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Coincidence

September 9th, 2016




I believe that with God there is no coincidence.

Each day I pray, "Lord, put before my camera moments that you want to world to see".

Below are some of those moments, the captions are above each image.




While taking a short rest at the Chicago lakefront, a group of segways pass by.

Art Prints




Some mornings when I pray I like to walk behind my garage where it is quiet in nature. This is what I found.
Photography Prints





While out for a walk in the park I saw this wall with amazing light on it. Since I live my life as a prayer, I said to the Lord "that wall would look really nice with some people in front of it". A short time later this came around the corner.

Art Prints




My youngest son asked me to show him around the City of Chicago. While there, he asked to see Buckingham Fountain. I told him it's too early in the season to see the water. He said to me, "lets go anyways, there might be something else to see".

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During the start of a golf outing for Big Shoulders Fund, I was about to go out to the greens on the cart when I saw this. Five seconds before or after I would have missed it.

Photography Prints




While out for a walk with my dog on a hot day, she seemed to need some water. So I took her to the park for some, and here is what I found.

Photography Prints




School was closed early due to a classic Chicago snow storm. So I drove to pick up my children and this person is what I found.

Art Prints




So here is a taste of 'God moments' for you to see, and I'll share more next post.


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Pink Pizzazz

September 5th, 2016

Pink Pizzazz

Hope you're all enjoying the Labor Day weekend! Just want to jump in a minute to add some pizzaz to the party.


These flowers really pop like nobody's business. Thought it'd bring a smile to your day.

You'll find this and more like it on my MobilePrints Shop.

Check this out too on a Greeting / Note card.

Remember you can adjust the image size.


Okay, back to the holiday and grilling!


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Saying Thanks

September 3rd, 2016

A thank you text or email is great but a thank you card worthy of framing is even better!


I'm very touched when I visit a friend or colleague and find they have on their wall a thank you note I've sent them.


Click here for a short podcast about the importance and power of gratitude.


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Favorites

August 30th, 2016

Do you have a favorite work of Art and or Artist that you admire?

Back in my college days I did a study on Norman Rockwell. I learned that he admired Rembrant.

So, I too studied the artwork of Rembrant and clearly saw then a similar theme with light and shadow in the Rockwell work. In addition to Rockwell, and admire the work of Edward Steichen.

Steichen authored a book titled 'The Family of Man' where he documented humanity from birth to death. He has a famous quote:

"Photography is a major force in explaining man to man".

When it comes to artwork, my favorite are pictures that tell a story with strong graphic elements and composition .. images that document a moment in time.

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Worry

August 25th, 2016

Worry


As I woke up this morning and was praying, about my worries and concerns, I heard in the background the sound of my dog drinking water from his bowl.

It triggered a thought how it seems the only things my dog worries about are food and walks. I know too that many dog's do not have 'the good life' that my dog has. ... as he was once there too.

Back in my college days there was this saying, "Treat life like a dog ... if you can't eat it or play with it, piss on it and walk away".

When it comes to worry, I have this motto "If there is nothing you can do about it, then it's not worth the worry, so give it to God and wait for direction".

I learned this from when I worked for the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. I've heard him say to people, "If what you're worried about will make a difference in ten years, then do something about it. If not, then put it into God's hands and leave it with Him".

Many of us worry too much about things we can't control. This shows that we care, but when we really care I think it's best to leave that worry with God who knows what to do with it.

Have you ever thought that maybe God just needs us to get out of the way?

God's will is that we depend on Him. Prayer is a form of illustrating this.

So let us leave our worries in right perspective and be more happy.


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The Power Of Your Digital PO Box

August 24th, 2016


Email is a powerful tool in life. Because your email address is more important now than, say, your phone number or street address.

With this in mind, are you the type of person who never deletes emails, or do you maintain your inbox with tags or folders?

More and more people are subscribing to the email lists for products and services important to them, because we want to make sure we don't miss it via social media and the like.

I found an interesting article worth sharing with you. It includes 'The Six Inbox Folders You Will Need' which is very powerful in its own regard I think.

Hope this information helps to give you more power to prioritize your inbox, goals, and life.



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Life In A Square

August 18th, 2016

I recently heard a marvelous quote:

"The glow of the MacBook has replaced the glow of the candle in the bedroom"
- Steve Smith, The Potters Inn


I don't (think I) have to tell you how our society has become fast paced like never before, war torn, and our ethics are in question.

My personal viewpoint is we lack making time to think, to be quiet, to pray, to spend time with people who encourage us and inspire us to do the right thing, and to reach for what we are capable of doing.

.... All of this I call 'spiritual poverty'.

Because we need focus, structure, and simple messages in our lives about hope and promise, I have started a gallery of images that exhibit a simple lesson about life in a square format.

So, my loyal friends, I introduce to you ....

Life In A Square Gallery


I also want you to know that you can not only buy prints, posters, phone cases, greeting cards and the like, but you can also buy a digital download
for your computer screen (use the drop-down on the page to select the digital download option).



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Never give up until you are dead

August 15th, 2016

Sometimes when I write, whether a blog post or an email newsletter, things happen where what I have written becomes gone and I have to start over.

One in particular that I remember was the sunny morning I wrote what I thought was one of my best articles. The power went out and then my Mac ... along with all that I wrote.

What happened was down the street a few houses a car hit the power line pole. I heard the crash outside my office window.

Now I try to use software that does an auto draft, as well as save the document after each paragraph that I write. But this incident made me very angry. I walked away, wanted to give up, and went before God to ask why.

Later I went back at it, and it turned out way better than the first version.

I have now concluded how when I lost my writing, these were moments when God said to me to do it over and not to give up.

Many times we want to give up because, during circumstances, we lose our focus from looking at things in right perspective. It is easy to get distracted in todays world.

We never fail unless we give up, until we are dead. Turn to God for wisdom and perspective.

Never give up.



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The Speed Of Work

August 12th, 2016


Have you ever noticed how some people can do their work really fast? Others do similar work not so fast.

Some people work slower, as if they work too fast the boss gives them more work.

Some people do many things, so as to get more different things done but not as fast as concentrating on one job or task.

Some people have a 'spiritual' side, where they take time to dream, to golf, enjoy art on the wall, or spend much time with a hobby.

Some people keep working and working and never go on vacation, even if they have the resources to do so.

I don't know how true it is but, I've often heard the saying that people in the south(ern states) get the same amount done, just at a slower pace.

The point is, we all have the same amount of time each day, and how we invest it determines our happiness and the difference we make in the world.



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How To See In Black and White

August 9th, 2016


Back in my college days ( almost thirty-five years ago) I was known by my instructors and my classmates alike for having the ability to 'see in black and white' through the camera viewfinder before the shutter was clicked.

What does this mean?

Simply put, I was able to see the features and elements of a black and white photograph while looking at the subject or scene in color.

Often times a photographer has to look at an image on the negative / digital file to determine if it will work as a black and white.

When you remove the color from a photo, magic can happen. A persons expression is suddenly imbued with more meaning.