Free Reference Photos For Artists: Natural Wonders


Freshly Curious - Over 700 Free Reference Photos for Artists - Courtesy of

The following photos are free to use in your creative projects. Artists can use them as reference photos and writers can use them to illustrate their blog posts. The only restriction is that you must provide an author credit using the following caption (with a link to when you publish your lovely end result:

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All photos on this page are by Charlie O’Shields – Doodlewash® and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International LicenseThe use of Freshly Curious free photos is not allowed in projects that have inappropriate content such as but not limited to any material that is pornographic or incites or promotes violence, racism, any discrimination, prejudice or intolerance toward any individual or group, religion, sexuality, gender, political view.
  1. Vicki Rowley 1 year ago

    These are great! Good challenges for light and dark for me.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Awesome!! Hope you’ll find something here you’ll love to paint, Vicki!!

  2. Pamela Smith 1 year ago

    Wow,what an opportunity to use bright colors..

  3. Wonner Naus 1 year ago

    Hi Charlie,

    I was a professional photographer in a former life. Are you interested in contributions, or is there another way to share reference images?

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks for reaching out, Wonner! 😃 I hadn’t thought about that… I don’t have a way set up currently to submit other images, but it’s a great idea. I’ll have to look into a way to add that!

  4. Da's Artworld (Dalida) 9 months ago

    Beautiful images! such an inspiration…thank you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks so much!! I hope you’ll find something you can use here! 😃💕

  5. Fantine Ponter 7 months ago

    Thanks Charlie! Plenty of challenges on this page!

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      Aww yay! So glad you enjoyed these photo references, Fantine! 😃💕

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