Mary Lou Peters



Mary Lou Peters
P.O. Box 855
Mackinaw City, MI 49701

JUNE 2018


“Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height…” is the song that’s been running through my head since I painted KITE SHOW. What a beautiful sight as you approach Mackinac Island in the ferry boat and see these colorful kites at Windermere Point! Available in cards and prints on my website.

ROSE is the newest door sign at Small Point B&B on the east end of Mackinac Island. Their newly remodeled Rose guest room is decked out in varied shades of pink, one of my favorite colors to paint with. If you go to this quaint B&B, ask to see all eight of my door signs—each room is named after a flower you can find on the island. These signs have not been made into prints and notecards because of their square format.

In honor of the upcoming Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island  June 8-17 I have designed two new postcards, available at Artists Market and on my website: LILAC FESTIVAL and FIVE LITTLE LILACS.


My most urgent project has nothing to do with art. It involves getting my foot back to its old self after two fractures from a turned ankle while stepping off an uneven sidewalk. No surgery, but I wore a black and gray boot cast for six weeks. Of course I decorated it with acrylic flowers! I’m now going through physical therapy which is quite challenging and time consuming but necessary. This put a crimp in my style for a while, but my life almost feels back to normal now that I can drive again! 

I’m working on two commissioned paintings right now—one of my favorite things to do. One will be a client’s housewarming gift to a family member—a painting of the flowers in her new garden. The other painting will be used in marketing for a music maker. It’s fun getting to know what interests my clients have and why they’ve chosen the subjects they have me paint for them.
How do you paint a six foot tall garden pole? For me, it all started in a sketchbook where I drew many little things found in a garden. I cut out the sketches, placed them onto a full scale paper template of the four-sided 3½” x 6’ pole, penciled each chosen element onto the pole, then began to paint. Twenty-eight hours later it was finished with three coats of all-weather spray to keep the rain from hurting it. This pole will be my donation for the Cheboygan Hospital Guild fundraiser on August 23, 2018 from 5-8.  For tickets or for more information about bidding on this or other garden poles  please call Shawna Hancock at (231) 627-1200.


Every summer seems to get busier: along with a family reunion, teaching twice as many classes as last summer, and the many painting demonstrations I’ll be doing, I’ll also be attending a writers’ group retreat at a friend’s cottage up in the Les Cheneaux Islands in Michigan’s upper peninsula. I’ve never attended a writers’ retreat, but I suspect it will include friends, food, fellowship and a good dose of laughter, which is always good for the soul. Oh, and there’ll be writing, of course!

I’ll be doing four watercolor demonstrations at Artists Market on Mackinac Island’s Main Street: June 15, June 29, July 13, and August 17 (all Fridays) from 2 to 4 p.m. I always look forward to seeing readers of my newsletter at these events. It feels like I’m meeting old friends. Please stop in to say hi if you’re on the island!

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


Here we go—a busy summer ahead!

I’m developing a new class: WATERCOLOR NATURE JOURNALING which I will teach on June 21 and 22 in my home studio and garden (between Mackinaw City and Cheboygan). If you’ve taken my basic watercolor journaling class in the past, be assured that this is not a repeat of the information presented in that class. I’ll be teaching new projects and page layouts with an emphasis on nature journaling—combining drawing, painting, and writing instruction. It’s fun, it’s low-stress, and it’s great for beginners or established sketchbookers who want to add something new to your journals. Supply list is on my website. This will be concentrated into a two-day class to fit more easily into your busy summer schedule. June 21 and 22, 10-4, bring a lunch. Cost for this class is $149. Please register with me by calling my home phone, (231) 627-8069 or my cell phone (231) 818-6365 or by emailing me at You may send a check to me at PO Box 855, Mackinaw City, MI 49701 along with your email address and phone numbers.


Another session of this WATERCOLOR NATURE JOURNALING class will be taught at Mission Point Resort on beautiful Mackinac Island on August 30 and 31, 10-4 with an hour lunch break. All details are the same except for the location—we will be taking advantage of the wonderfully manicured grounds of this sprawling resort.  Please register with the Mackinac Arts Council director on their website, or by phone at (906) 984-4124.


MACKINAC ISLAND CLASSES: Manoogian Art Museum will be the site of four evening introductory watercolor classes (6-8:30 p.m.) on June 13 (lilacs), July 17 (geraniums), July 18 (sailboat), and August 15 (hollyhocks). Each is a completely separate class. 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 for each evening. Register for one or more. These classes will fill quickly so register soon by calling (906) 984-4124 or register on their website, or you may call them at (906) 984-4124.

TAWAS CLASS: An Introduction to Watercolor class is scheduled for August 8, 2018 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 pretty hollyhocks that morning. Call Kate Kelsey, director of classes at the gallery, to register for this class: (616) 401-5334.

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 8x10 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 to learn the basics of watercolor painting. (231) 627-8069 or (231) 818-6365.

Please watch the next edition of my newsletter and my Facebook page for additions to this class schedule.


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. My “A Visit to Mackinac Island” is a wonderful 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 would love to keep up with you on Facebook where I post nearly every day. One of my Facebook friends, Lori Shearier, says, “I just love your relaxed, the essence of beauty. What a gift you have. Thank you for sharing with us daily.” Thank you so much, Lori! Please Like and Follow me at "Watercolor Paintings by Mary Lou Peters."





What has fed my soul these past two months has been the kindness of family and friends as I recover the ability to walk after fracturing my foot. When I couldn’t drive for seven weeks I was chauffeured to appointments, shopping, meetings, and outings. My mail was picked up and delivered, garbage was taken to the curb, my hairdresser made a house call, meals were brought in, artwork orders were taken to the ferry dock, and the list of good deeds just goes on and on. Thank you, one and all!

During a complimentary personal coaching session (a get well gift), it was suggested I paint what I was going through with my foot. I did that, but the painting was full of darkness so I painted another one the following week then the next week and the next until I wound up with a series of seven little paintings I call “Go, Grow, and Glow with the Flow,” now displayed on my studio wall. Each little painting gets progressively sunnier until in the last painting the sun’s rays are full of the insights I received as a result of this experience.

Jeanne Brail, a Facebook friend told me “From the bad, good always comes if we are open to the lessons…”  Oh, Jeanne, how right you are!