Years ago, before I started Doodlewash®, I had a photo blog where I shared a new photo each and every day. The blog was originally called Always Curious and then later, Freshly Curious, but I hadn’t updated it in years. I was looking through the photos recently, and thought they just might be helpful as reference photos for artists, or to illustrate blog posts if my writer friends are needing something visual to add to their stories, or simply for inspiration. Since it’s my birthday month, and that means gifts all around, I figured I’d share them with all of you! So I’m starting with over 600 photos (closer to 650 I think!) that you are free to use in any way you like, provided you make a little note that says “[photo or photo reference] courtesy of Doodlewash.com” when you post it, with a live link back to this site. That’s all I ask!
Though painting directly from life is a wonderful approach, I’ve found that painting from photo references is also a good way to practice sketching things you might not see on a daily basis and mix things up a bit. For example, I once saw a beautiful blue yellow macaw that was particularly striking, but I wasn’t sketching at the time and there would never be one flying outside my window where I live. And, honestly, had it been moving around, it would have freaked me out to try to sketch it when I was just starting out. Using a photo reference, I was able to study the form of this unique bird at my own slow pace (at least back then… I’ve gotten faster now!) and in the privacy of my own home. All the while getting a better understanding of the shapes and structure.
I hope you’ll find some use for these photos and if nothing else, enjoy a visual tour of my photographic past. Much like my doodlewashes, it’s mostly just a bunch of “stuff” but you’ll find a large gallery of nature photos filled with flowers and butterflies along with some odd and random things that caught my eye once upon a time. I’ll be adding more photos as I find them, but hopefully these will be a good start. If you have any questions or thoughts, as this is something brand new that I’m testing out, please share them in the comments!
Hope you’ll enjoy! Happy painting and writing!
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