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 2 years ago

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

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

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

  2. Pamela Smith 2 years 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. Beautiful images! such an inspiration…thank you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

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

  5. Fantine Ponter 11 months ago

    Thanks Charlie! Plenty of challenges on this page!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

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

  6. smzang 4 months ago

    Wow! Charlie, you are so very talented. This photography is an absolute joy!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks you so much! I hope you’ll find something here that might inspire a bit of poetry! 😃💕

      • smzang 4 months ago

        There are many poems in those photos you’ve shared. the first one is up with your link front and center. (A Walk in the Park)

        My thanks for the inspiration and the use of your photo.

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          Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

          And it’s awesome!! Just commented! 😍And I spied a painting as well? hehe… Yay!! Gorgeous!

          • smzang 4 months ago

            See why I am constantly praising you. I love learning, and you are an awesome teacher.

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            Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

            That’s probably the coolest compliment ever! I’m not a true teacher at all really… just a happy enabler! 😉 But, I’m currently working on a project to help enable a bit more. Stay tuned!

          • smzang 4 months ago

            Can’t wait!!

  7. June Hadaway 3 weeks ago

    These are all very beautiful and artistic. Thank you for sharing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Hope there’s something fun to find there for a reference!

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