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

JULY/AUGUST 2017

NEW PRODUCTS

When Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts visit Mackinac Island for their week of service at the Mackinac State Historic Parks, they stay at the Scout Barracks. If these walls could talk, imagine the stories they’d tell! This one is available in cards and prints.

Each room of Small Point B & B is named after a flower, and the owners commissioned me to paint a sign to decorate each door. These are on 4x4 tiles and were so much fun to paint. Each one is now fastened to a door and not available for purchase, but watch for a new lady slipper card and print next spring.

CURRENT PROJECTS

I’ve been busy doing demonstrations and teaching classes this past month, and that will continue through the summer. I live for this time; I thrive on meeting my customers, teaching students, and sharing my love of painting with them.

My sketchbook is filling up with paintings that bring me pure joy—some of them make it to the drawing board as “real” paintings that become prints and notecards, but many do not. They are simply painted for the pure joy of it: experiences that remain vivid in my memory because of what I’ve recorded in my sketchbook.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

My demonstrations at Little Luxuries Artists Market on Mackinac Island are so much fun. There’s still a chance to catch one or more of them on July 21, August 18 and 25, from 2-4 p.m. I hope if you’re visiting the island at these times you will come talk to me and watch me paint.

I was a featured artist in front of Lilacs and Lace as part of the Market Street Art Walk in mid-July. It was a wonderful evening of art all up and down Mackinac’s quieter business district. Come visit other artists on Friday nights through Labor Day from 6 to 8 p.m.

2017 WATERCOLOR CLASSES

HOME STUDIO CLASSES

I created a new class in Watercolor Sketchbook Journaling and taught it in my garden last month. What a good time we had learning to simplify, paint quickly, add unique touches, and record memories that will stay in our sketchbooks to remind us of good times together. Watch for this class to be offered again in early summer next year.

MACKINAC ISLAND CLASSES

INTRODUCTORY CLASSES: Manoogian Art Museum will be the site of an evening class (6-8:30 pm) on August 17. 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. This class is sponsored by the Mackinac Arts Council which subsidizes the cost to keep it low—only $10. My first class in July was completely sold out, so register soon by calling (906) 847-4124.

WATERCOLOR SKETCHBOOK JOURNAL CLASS: 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- 4124 or go to their website, www.mackinacartscouncil.org.

MACKINAW CITY CLASS

WATERCOLOR SKETCHBOOK JOURNAL

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

INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR PAINTING

The date is set for this introductory class to be held at the Tawas Bay Art Gallery (302 Newman Street, East Tawas, Michigan)—August 9 from 10 till 12 noon. 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.

2018 WATERCOLOR CLASSES

SANIBEL ISLAND CLASSES

BIG Arts Center, Sanibel Island, Florida

On January 8 and 9 from 9 to 3 each day (with a one hour lunch break) I will offer a Watercolor Sketchbook Journal class. You will learn to record and keep your memories in your own illustrated journal. 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. Cost: $149 BIG Arts members, $186 non-members.

On Thursdays from January 11 through February 8, 1:30-4:30, I will teach Watercolor Painting for All Levels at BIG Arts.  Students with all levels of experience are welcome. Instruction customized to students’ needs will be emphasized. My goal for this series of classes is to extend your knowledge of watercolor painting through demonstrations and individual instruction as we focus on a different design element or technique each week. Supply list will be provided when you register. Cost: $145 BIG Arts members,  $181 non-members.

Introduction to Watercolor Painting will be taught on Tuesday, February 6 from 1-4. Everything is supplied—you don’t have to bring a thing. Get an idea of what watercolor painting is all about without having to buy your own supplies. And it’s a wonderful way to spend an afternoon of your vacation on beautiful Sanibel Island! Cost: $45 BIG Arts members, $56 non-members.

For more information or to register please call BIG Arts at 239-395-0900.

GRAND GARDEN SHOW

 

I’m thrilled to announce that once again I have been invited to be one of the featured artists at the Grand Garden Show on Mackinac Island August 27-29. I’ll be painting in one of the fabulous gardens included on the tour which is all part of the package for those who register for the show. I am SO looking forward to this magical time! Last summer I found inspiration and ideas for my own garden as I painted for a whole day among one of the most fantastic gardens I’d ever seen. Find out more about this year’s show at www.grandgardenshow.com.

BOOKS

My books make wonderful gifts for every occasion. Illustrated with my own watercolor paintings, they are lighthearted and fun. “A Visit to Mackinac Island” is available now in spiral bound or accordion style. It includes little watercolor paintings that originated in my sketchbook over the last few years. Books may be ordered through my website or by phone, and be sure to let me know how I might personalize a book for you or for a loved one.

FacebookFACEBOOK

This time of year I add things to my schedule almost daily. If you follow me on Facebook you can catch these changes and see a painting of mine almost every day: Watercolor Paintings by Mary Lou Peters.

FEED YOUR SOUL

What has filled my soul in the last month is the realization that I am living a dream. I remember as a young mom in my mid-twenties visiting Mackinac Island and thinking how cool it would be to be an artist and sell my paintings there in the cute little stores. I was a teacher living in mid-Michigan at the time, and becoming a full-time artist was impossible--just a dream. Fast forward many years, and here I am, an artist living in northern Michigan and selling my paintings in cute shops on Mackinac Island! How did it happen? Not by magic, for sure. My path took a lot of twists and turns along the way, with many stops and starts, and too many mistakes to count. But on a day in June when I was sitting on a bench in Marquette Park, sketchbook on my lap, enjoying the sight and scent of lilacs during the annual Lilac Festival, my eyes filled with tears and my heart filled with gratitude for my good fortune. I am actually living my dream.  I feel like the most blessed woman in the world.

 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

I’m quite sure Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), American writer, painter, and wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, did not have me in mind when she said this, but it’s appropriate nonetheless: “She quietly expected great things to happen to her, and no doubt that’s one of the reasons why they did.”

Have a great summer, and expect great things to happen…