Mary Lou Peters



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



Added to my website this month:

“Orange Tulip with Ladybug” was commissioned by a collector of my work. This is her third flower from me—it will add even more color to her bright, sunny kitchen! Cards and matted prints are for sale on my website.


“Tawas Point Lighthouse--Summer” and “Tawas Point Lighthouse--Winter” were designed as a fundraiser for the volunteer group in the area of my hometown, East Tawas, Michigan. They’ve brought this lighthouse back to life with their efforts, and I’m donating proceeds of these cards and prints (for sale on my website) back to them for maintenance of this Lake Huron treasure.

“Sunset on the Beach,” my first (and possibly only) painting in oil pastels, was encouraged by Mike Coltman, a member of my Three Villages Plein Air Painters who shared his expertise with us at our opening get-together of the 2018 season. I loved the experience, but really? Another medium for me to work in? I don’t think so, but I guess we shall see! I’ve learned to never say “Never!” Cards and prints on my website.

“Five Geraniums” is mine—all mine! I’ve wanted to paint this for at least 15 years and even though I’ve never had time, I found time—and I’m so glad I did! It’s my largest size watercolor paper at 22” x 30” (framed to 30” x 38”) and fits nicely over my fireplace. I couldn’t scan this large painting, but I do have one with a similar feel (I call it “Three Geraniums”) on my website that has been made into cards and prints.


I’m adding three new magnet sets to my website this month: Nautical, Lighthouses, and Geraniums. At $8.00 for a set of four  little one inch pieces of art, they make a cute gift for a friend or family member, or even to put on your own refrigerator, file cabinet or in a metal locker at school.



My newest class is Watercolor Nature Journaling, one session which has already been taught in my garden in June and another which will be held on the beautiful grounds of Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island on August 30 and 31. Emphasis in this class is on combining drawing, painting and writing instruction while experiencing the joys of being in nature. It’s fun, it’s low stress, and it’s great for beginners or established sketchbookers who are looking to add something new to their journals. It’s flexible because some of you who are already into journaling might want to put more emphasis into the writing part, and those of you who are artistic might want to go heavier into the illustration of your journal.

August 30 and 31, Mission Point Resort, 10-4 each day with an hour for lunch. Cost for this class is $149. Please register at Supply list is on my website.



An Introduction to Watercolor class will be held on August 8 from 10 to 12 at the Tawas Bay Art Gallery at 302 Newman Street in downtown East Tawas, Michigan. All supplies will be furnished and the cost is $35. We will be painting pretty hollyhocks that morning. To register, call Kate Kelsey, director of classes at the gallery: (734) 635-5334.


Other Mackinac Island classes are all Introduction to Watercolor—a great way to try painting without investing in supplies because we supply everything you need to create and take home a lovely painting made by YOU! Classes are from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mackinac Island Art Museum on July 17 (geraniums), July 18 (sailboat) and August 15 (hollyhocks). These classes are sponsored by the Mackinac Arts Council which subsidizes costs to keep it low—only $10 for each evening. Register for one or more.  These classes fill quickly so register online soon at


The Mackinaw City Area Arts Council has invited me to teach an Introduction to Watercolor Painting class on August 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mackinaw Women’s Club building at 310 E. Jamet Street in Mackinaw City. We will be painting hollyhocks (suitable to be placed in an 8x10 mat and frame) that day—they should be blooming all over town by then! Cost is only $10 because registration is subsidized by the MCAAC. It’s a great way to spend part of an afternoon of your vacation.

Watch future newsletter and Facebook posts for announcements of added classes.

Private Groups: I am available to host a group in my home studio for a class that I call “A Gentle Introduction to Watercolor Painting.” I will furnish all supplies for this class and you will leave with a painting that you’ve created suitable for an 8 x 10 frame. Cost is $35 per student with a minimum of six students. Call for more information and to arrange a date for you and your friends or family to learn the basics of watercolor painting. (231) 627-8069 or (231) 818-6365.

In June I taught a Nature Journaling class to a group of writers at a private cottage in a beautiful wooded setting. If you would like to do something like this, let me know and we can customize a class just for your group.



Friday Art Walks on Mackinac Island’s Market Street – exciting evenings sponsored by the galleries and fine gift shops on Market Street, just one quiet block up from Main Street. I will be demonstrating from 5:30 to 7:30 on July 13 in front of Lilacs and Lace in the Carousel Shops. If you’re on the island, please stop in to say hello. I’d love to meet you!

Two more watercolor demonstrations at Artists Market on Mackinac Island’s Main Street are on my calendar for July 13, and August 17 (all Fridays) from 2 to 4 p.m. I always look forward to seeing readers of my newsletter and my followers on Facebook at these events. It feels like I’m meeting old friends. Please stop in and say hi if you’re on the island.

I have been asked to judge the 2-D entries in the Tawas Bay Juried Fine Arts Show on August 4 in my wonderful hometown. Such memories it will bring back being on those shores again! I judged this event in 2016, and believe me, it’s not an easy task. There are so many talented artists in northern Michigan and luckily there are a lot of prizes given because choosing Best of Show is the toughest thing I’ll do all summer.

Watch future newsletters and Facebook posts for announcements of more upcoming events.


My books, Mackinac Island Meditations and Garden Meditations are what a local bookstore owner calls “perennial best sellers.” Each page is made up of a watercolor painting accompanied by an appropriate scripture verse, meditation, and prayer. A Visit to Mackinac Island is a wonderful little souvenir of your trip to the island, suitable for adults or children. My books make a nice gift for all occasions—available at bookstores and fine gift shops in the Mackinac area and on my website,



I love connecting with my Facebook followers. It’s always amazing to me to see how far away we live from each other. A regular commenter, Birgit Schulz from Germany, tells me “Your paintings look simply sunny. It’s a joy for heart and soul to see them.” Thank you, Birgit—I love hearing that—it’s why I post nearly every day—I love the connection I have with my followers.

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What is feeding my soul this summer is watching people have fun on vacation. While waiting in the ferry line for Mackinac Island I see all ages, and most of them have the look of joyful anticipation on their faces. They’re here in vacation land and know they’re in for a good time. I add to that by showing them my artwork and books, demonstrating painting techniques and materials, and even teaching them how to paint. I love my job and realize how blessed I am to have this opportunity to live where I do, do the work that I love, and to meet so many nice people while doing it.



“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.”
       ---Oprah Winfrey