Mary Lou Peters



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

JUNE 2019


My first ever painting/journaling retreat for artists and writers and those who need a break! Treat yourself to three days away at a beautiful retreat center in the woods—a time of learning, reflecting, and creating an experience through watercolors and journaling as we explore joyful ways to express ourselves in our journals. It’s all about seeing in new ways, and that’s what I’ll be teaching you do at the beautiful Kettunen Center near Tustin in the heart of Michigan’s lower peninsula.

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My new bookmarks are already best sellers among my followers on Facebook where they were introduced last month. Four different spring flowers are pictured on bookmarks you can purchase individually, or you may purchase all four as a set. See my website for details.

My Lilac Bouquet was inspired by the sweet fragrance of a soap I have in my bathroom. This is the painting that I’ve chosen for the June 24 class to paint at the Mackinac Arts Council’s Workshop at the Museum (see details in this newsletter’s CLASSES section). Cherry Blossom Orchard came about as a result of seeing my friend Carol Johnson’s painting of cherry blossoms in Paris. Such a beautiful time of year there! Prints and cards of the lilacs and cherry blossoms are available on my website.


I have finished two oil paintings of geraniums. No prints will be made from these. The originals will be for sale on my website.



Planning for 32 class sessions between now and the end of October is keeping me very busy at the moment. I’ve been filling orders for local retail customers who own shops on Mackinac Island and in northern Michigan. It’s a busy time of year, and I really do love it!

Once again the Letter Sparrow company invited me to do a collaboration with them to develop a new palette around a particular theme. If you remember, last year we did an autumn palette with the rich colors of the season.  The theme we chose for this palette is urban sketching, which is simply capturing everyday life in a city, town, or village where you are living or visiting. Colors I chose for the palette reflect buildings, streets, sidewalks, foliage, and people—the eight colors in the palette can be mixed to make many more colors that make a cityscape come alive. These unique  handmade paints are available at


For the last four years I’ve worked closely with Little Luxuries Artists Market of Mackinac Island providing them with cards, prints, magnets, original paintings, and books. I love to do watercolor demonstrations there on Artist Appearance Days when I can meet customers and talk about the joy of painting and listen to their personal experiences of being there on their favorite place, Mackinac Island.  I’ve been invited to do seven demonstrations this season -- all on Friday afternoons from 2-4 pm: June 7, 21 & 28, July 19 & 26, and August 16 & 30. Please stop in and see me at Artists Market of Mackinac Island (7344 Main Street near the purple awnings). I’d love to chat with you!



June is a perfect time to learn how to keep a garden journal—a record of growth or simply of what’s coming up in your own garden or in the gardens around you. Begin it in June and keep it throughout the summer and fall.

Class will take place in my own garden (between Cheboygan and Mackinaw City) on June 18 and 19. We will meet here from 10-4 both days—bring a brown bag lunch and we’ll eat at the picnic table. We’ll discuss new layouts, what to include in your garden journal, and learn ways to bring joy to the pages of your journal through your own unique illustrations. Cost is $149 for the two-day class and you may register by calling me at 231-818-6365 or emailing me: .



Watercolor Cafe is a great place for a class on beautiful Mackinac Island! We’ll be painting these lilacs during the Lilac Festival on June 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $38, all supplies and snacks included. For more info and to register, go to



FULL! Sorry, we have no more openings for the July 11 class.

As part of the Summer Artisan Series I’ve been invited to teach a watercolor class at the beautiful Lavender Hill Farm near Boyne City, Michigan. By the time of the class, July 11 from 1-3 p.m., many varieties of lavender should be in full bloom and the inspiration will be all around us to paint a cute little watercolor of a lavender bundle. What a great way for beginners to try watercolor painting—a fun experience while on vacation or at your summer home. Everything you need will be furnished and no drawing experience is necessary. You’ll get a basic understanding of what watercolor painting is all about and you’ll leave class with a finished painting (suitable to frame in an 8x10 standard frame) that YOU have created.


We ve had such a great response to the lavender class that their event planner has asked me to teach a sunflower class on August 15 from 1-3. The painting for this class is in the process of being prepared to include Maestro, a metal rooster as tall as I am! Hes the official mascot of Lavender Hill Farm. Cost for this class is $49 and you may register with me at or by phone at (231) 818-6365.


The Manoogian Art Museum will be the site of my six evening watercolor classes (6-8:30) on June 10, June 24, July 15, July 22, July 31, and August 12.  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 $10. My classes fill quickly so register soon (online only) on the Mackinac Arts Council’s website,

NEW this summer—a WATERCOLOR ACCORDION BOOK! People love my 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. Cost is $80 and you may register online at


TAWAS CLASS: A watercolor class for all skill levels is scheduled for August 7, 2019 from 10-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,


Come join the fun on Facebook! Please like my page, Watercolor Paintings by Mary Lou Peters where I post nearly every day. I love connecting with my viewers!



Sande Backes Foster says of my lilac paintings: “Mmm…they smell so summer!" Sande, a Michigan poet, has quite a way with words. She has written more than a dozen books of poetry. One of them, “Awakening,” contains a poem called “where it is green” and she describes the feeling that comes with her reconnection to nature in spring:

I become at peace
with the earth and sky and myself
I am serene, I am whole, I am where it is green”

Sande’s feeling is my feeling too. I feel it when I open my door in the morning and smell the new growth in my garden. I feel it when I see new green plants sprouting, filling in the spots were the old plants had turned brown and died. Ah, spring…where it is green!  Indeed, spring fills my soul!