Free Reference Photos For Artists: Natural Wonders


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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.
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34 thoughts on “Free Reference Photos For Artists: Natural Wonders

    1. 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!

      1. 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.

          1. 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!

  1. These reference photos are excellent Charlie. I was doing a page of flowers and didn’t realize these were on here. It took quite a while to find what I wanted online. This has made it much easier. Thank you for sharing

    1. Oh wow! Yay! I’m so thrilled to hear that Janna! 🙂 I was daily photoblogger as my first blog years ago, so I’m offering up all of those photos for reference here! Glad you found something helpful! 😃

  2. Thank you so much for sharing these with us! I have been practicing details and so many of these work perfectly for me. Thank you thank you!!!

  3. Whoa! These are incredible! I love to paint natural realistic subjects and this feels like Christmas morning ! If I post a painting based on one of your photos to my watercolor group , would it be alright to include your original? Should I use a link in the credit?

    Also, I’m excited to see what you post using the November 2020 prompts!

    Thanks so much !

    1. Never mind the question about credit; found the answer just after posting..however , my statement about your awesomeness still stands 😉

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