Mary Lou Peters



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

JULY 2019


Here’s a new Christmas card that will be a fundraiser for the Friends of the Tawas Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse was part of my childhood as I was growing up in East Tawas, Michigan and saw the beacon shining every night. The Friends group has taken over the maintenance of the lighthouse and funds earned from the sale of these Christmas cards will go toward that worthy cause. They will be for sale through the Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and also on my website.

The sunflower paintings are the models I’ll use to teach the class in August at Lavender Hill Farm. Maestro, the large metal rooster, stands on the hill as if conducting the sunflowers as they dance in the breeze. These will be available on my website soon.


My August 20-22 Watercolor Journaling Retreat at the beautiful Kettunen Center is SOLD OUT.

Planning and preparing for all the classes I’m teaching this summer has kept me very busy. The orders placed by local retailers and online are coming in regularly and I fill these as soon as possible.

Another exciting project is in the works and I will let you know about it when it’s further along in the planning stage. It involves a collaboration with a wonderful established author on some special illustrations.


I’m loving the Artist Appearance Days I’m participating in at Little Luxuries Artists Market this summer. I’ve already done two and have met some terrific people with great stories to tell me. I have 4 more of these demonstration days: July 19 and 26, and August 16 and 30—all Fridays, all 2-4 p.m. I hope to see you during one of these times.


As a guest artist during the Friday Night Market Street Art Walk on Mackinac Island, I will be painting in front of Lilacs and Lace in the Carousel Shops from 5:30 to 8:00 on July 5. Come see the whole street just filled with art, books, music, and refreshments!



Summer is the best time to keep a garden journal—a record of growth or simply to paint what’s coming up in your own garden or in the gardens you visit. I’m planning two separate classes that will take place in my own garden (between Cheboygan and Mackinaw City) – one on July 17 and another on August 13. We will meet here from 10-4 each day. Bring a brown bag lunch and we’ll eat at the picnic table in the garden. We’ll discuss new layouts, what to include in your garden journal, lettering, and learn ways to bring joy to the pages of your journal through your own unique illustrations. Cost is $75 for each day-long class and you may register by calling me at 231-818-6365 or emailing me:


The July 11 lavender class filled very quickly. This great response led to the event planner asking me to teach a sunflower class on August 15 from 1-3. The sunflowers on the hill are spectacular and should be in full bloom along the ridge, very much like they are in Provence, France during the summer.

For this class, you will have the option of a horizontal or vertical hill of sunflowers, and you may choose to include Maestro, a metal rooster as tall as I am! He’s the official mascot of Lavender Hill Farm and stands on the hill in front of the sunflowers as if to conduct them as they wave in the breeze. Cost for this class is $49 and you may register with me at or by phone at 231-818-6365. Look for Lavender Hill Farm online at


The Manoogian Art Museum will be the site of my remaining four evening watercolor classes (6-8 pm): July 15 (Geranium in blue striped pot), July 22 (Sailing to Mackinac Island), July 31 (Hollyhocks on Fence) and August 12 (Sunflower Face). Each is a completely separate class, appropriate for students of all skill levels. Everything for these classes 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 $20. My classes fill quickly so register soon (online only) on the Mackinac Arts Council’s website,


People love my little accordion books—they’re a fast and fun way to record a visit to a favorite spot. Now you can learn to make these cuties to give as gifts or to display in your own home. You’ll cut and fold two types of accordion books and learn to choose just the right scenes to include in your own little folded journal. This one-day class will be held at Mission Point Resort on beautiful Mackinac Island on September 9 from 10-4. The weather and gardens should be lovely that time of year, but in case of rain we’ll set up in our indoor classroom in the theater area where we will gather on the first day of class. Cost is $80 and you may register online at


The Watercolor Café is a new business on Mackinac Island: a café by day and an art classroom in the evening. The first class I taught there was filled and I’ll be teaching two more classes there (behind BayView B&B at the east end of the marina) – on July 18 a lavender bouquet, and on August 29 hollyhocks on a fence. Each class is $38 and you may register at


A watercolor class for all skill levels is scheduled for August 7, 2019 from 10 till noon 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 a sailboat at sunset. Call the gallery to register for this class: (989) 362-5613.

My books make perfect gifts for any occasion for friends or family members. They may be ordered through my website,


I love to connect with readers on Facebook. Come join the fun! Please like and follow my page, Watercolor Paintings by Mary Lou Peters where I post nearly every day.




I love it when my customers connect with me as Susan Sellers Johnson from South Carolina did recently. She had seen my artwork on many of my daily Facebook posts and wrote this as a comment: “I feel the passion and love in your work.” That comment made me stop and think about why I do this work that is play to me. I love the beauty of the earth, natural and man-made, and I love to share my interpretation of it with others. This feeds my soul.