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Watercolor artist Jane Freeman of Bemidji holds a windsock featuring an image she painted. Her image was licensed by Evergreen Enterprises Inc., a company that produces home, garden and other products. Behind Freeman is a flag featuring her image. Her image will also appear on rugs and address markers. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Freeman painting takes flight

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A Jane Freeman painting of a beach scene in Manzanita, Ore., will soon grace windsocks and other home and yard décor in stores around the United States.

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The Bemidji watercolor artist painted the scene at least eight years ago from a photograph she took of a beach house lined with flower pots on the outside. As she painted, she added birds to the scene from the photograph.

Freeman recently learned that her image was licensed by Evergreen Enterprises Inc., a company that produces home, garden and other products.

Freeman's painting, titled "Appreciation," will appear on rugs, flags, windsocks and address markers. The products, she said, should be in stores around the nation in March.

Freeman, who also paints for competition and teaches workshops on watercolors, primarily paints still life and floral images and focuses on light and shadows. Her book, "A Celebration of Light: Painting the Textures of Light in Watercolor," was published in 2007.

"Appreciation" is the first image by Freeman to be licensed, and she said she hopes more of her images will also be licensed. She noted that she has been working with a licensing representative from American Art Images to market her images.Freeman said getting her image licensed means a steady income to continue to do what she loves to do - paint. She will receive royalties on the sales of the Evergreen Enterprises products featuring her image.

"It also gets your name out there," said Freeman, who has begun work on a new painting featuring a bright blue sky and big white dahlias with fledgling sparrows.

As she continues as an artist, Freeman plans to split her time between painting for licensing and painting for competition. She also plans to continue traveling to teach watercolors.

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