Mary Lou Peters

 

 

Mary Lou Peters
P.O. Box 855
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
(231) 627-8069
(231) 818-6365 (cell)
www.maryloupeters.com
marylou@maryloupeters.com

MAY 2017

NEW PAINTINGS

I’m pleased to announce a line of post cards—new for the 2017 summer season! They are basic greetings just meant to be a quick way to keep in touch. To start with I have designed Mackinac Hello, Lilac Greetings, Fudge Shop, and Have an Awesome Day. Depending on how sales go, I might be coming out with more designs. That’s the way a business plan is developed: wait and see.

The flamingo I painted in acrylics last winter in Florida was a favorite of mine, and I knew I would miss having it on my wall after pick-up by its new owner in May. So I set out to paint another one, realizing, of course, that it could never be duplicated. While searching through my art supplies I found various sizes of canvases, so I set up six of them to paint a whole flock of flamingos! They are now for sale on my website as original paintings, note cards, and post cards.

CURRENT PROJECTS

I am developing a new class, Watercolor Sketchbook Journaling, to be taught three times this summer. I’ve taken several classes similar to the one I’m creating—it’s a matter of choosing the best parts of each, adding to them, and adapting them to my teaching style and class venue. I’m very much looking forward to teaching these new classes because painting in my sketchbook outdoors has always been what I enjoy most about being an artist and I will love passing It along to others. Details are in the CLASSES section of this newsletter.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please check my CLASSES section for upcoming opportunities for learning.

I will be doing several demonstrations at Little Luxuries Artists Market on Main Street:  June 16, 30; July 7, 21; August 18, 25; all Fridays from 2-4 p.m. I hope if you are visiting beautiful Mackinac Island at these times you will come to watch me paint and talk to me. That’s another of my favorite parts of being an artist—meeting wonderful people who share the love of art!

 

2017 WATERCOLOR CLASSES

From Glenna, a student who is now making her own cards from her watercolor paintings: “Thanks for unlocking the joy.” Truly, she had the joy inside her all the time…it just had to be discovered and encouraged! You’ll find your own joy as you learn to paint! Look over these class offerings and let me know if I can help you.

 

HOME STUDIO CLASSES

WATERCOLOR SKETCHBOOK JOURNALING: I’ve created a class to teach you a perfectly joyful way to record and keep your memories—in your own illustrated journal! You will learn to quickly paint pages from your travels, your gardens, your holidays, and your everyday life. This class will be offered on June 8, 15, and 22 from 1-4 pm at my home studio and in my garden. Cost for this three-week series is $75. A supply list will be sent to you when you register with me: (231) 627-8069 (home) or (231) 818-6365 (cell).

MACKINAC ISLAND CLASSES

INTRODUCTORY CLASSES

Manoogian Art Museum will be the site of two evening classes (6-8:30 p.m.) on July 12 and August 16. Each is a completely separate class. Everything for this class is supplied—you don’t need to bring anything. It’s a good way to try watercolor painting without investing in any supplies. And it’s a wonderful way to spend an evening of your vacation on beautiful Mackinac Island. These classes are sponsored by the Mackinac Arts Council which subsidizes the cost to keep it low—only $10.  These classes will fill quickly, so register soon by calling (906) 847-4142.

WATERCOLOR SKETCHBOOK JOURNALING

Picture yourself painting around the manicured grounds of Mission Point Resort as you record memories of your idyllic two days on beautiful Mackinac Island. I will teach you techniques to record and keep your memories in your own illustrated journal. You will learn to see your world through new eyes as you quickly paint pages from your travels, your gardens, your holidays, and your everyday life in your own charming illustrated journal. August 21 and 22, 9-3 each day with an hour lunch break. Cost of this workshop is $149. Supply list available when you register with the Mackinac Arts Council: Phone (906) 847-4142 or go to their website, www.mackinacartscouncil.org.

MACKINAW CITY CLASS

WATERCOLOR SKETCHBOOK JOURNALING

Imagine painting at The Crossings, a unique shopping area right in the heart of downtown Mackinaw City. During this two-day class I will teach you techniques to record and keep your memories in your own illustrated journal. You will learn to see your world through new eyes as you quickly paint pages from your travels, your gardens, your holidays, and your everyday life in your own charming illustrated journal. August 29 and 30, 10-4 each day with an hour lunch break. Cost of this workshop is $149. Supply list available when you register with the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council: Phone (231) 627-8069 or (231) 818-6365.

 EAST TAWAS CLASS

The date is set for the introductory class to be held at the Tawas Bay Art Gallery—August 9 from 10-12noon. We will be painting sunflowers in this class where everything is supplied—you don’t have to bring a thing. Get an idea of what watercolor painting is all about for $35. Call the gallery at (989) 362-6282 to register.

FACEBOOK

Facebook

If you’re on Facebook, please like my page, Watercolor Paintings by Mary Lou Peters. I post a painting nearly every day and love chatting back and forth with my readers.

BOOKS

My books make a perfect gift for a friend, relative, or just as a treat for yourself! Books may be ordered through my website or by phone. Be sure to let me know how I might personalize a book for you or for a loved one.

JUST A THOUGHT...

Many of my students have ignored their own creativity for whatever reason, usually because of time limitations from career or family. Now they are ready for something more.  As a teacher, my job is to nurture the creativity in them, help them develop it, and watch them thrive. In my classroom I have created an environment where students can express and indulge their creativity. I provide a gentle nudge when needed and a pat on the back as they find that sometimes-elusive connection with their creativity to produce the art that’s in their hearts. Many have gone on to sell their paintings, and all with whom I’m still in contact enjoy painting and have kept it as an important part of their lives. Their creativity has been unleashed, and they are enjoying the feeling of being able to express themselves freely.

One of the best books I’ve ever read on creativity is BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love.” In her book she tells about how her own creativity lay dormant for years until she found the key to unlock it. Now she shares her personal story with readers using humor and poignant anecdotes. I recommend it highly.