Mary Lou Peters



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

FALL 2018


Wow! What a busy summer! Didn’t it just fly by?

My NEW PAINTINGS this month were done on excursions to sites with my plein air group. Many more paintings are sitting in my sketchbook and might still make it to the printer to be made into cards and 5x7 or 8x10 reproductions. They are simply not finished yet, or too specialized to reproduce all of them.

Cards and prints of “Lavender Hill Fields” and “Lavender Hill Gardens” will be for sale in the gift shop at Lavender Hill Farm near Boyne City, Michigan. I spent a lovely day painting there in July, and I’ll be painting more lavender to go into this series for next summer. Also available on my website.

“Birch on Sturgeon Bay Dunes” is special to me. I did this one while painting on my artist friend’s deck on a beautiful summer day. There were at least ten of us on the deck spending the day doing what we like best—painting! This original is triple matted then framed (10”x12”), and this birch is also available as a notecard and as 5x7 or 8x10 prints on my website.

“Tigerlillys” is a darling little flower shop in Alanson, Michigan. They have started selling my cards in their gift shop, and we’re now collaborating to develop other products. Watch future issues of my newsletter to see what’s new!



My image, “Mackinac Bridge in Autumn” was chosen by the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan for their October conference brochure. I’m flattered to be affiliated with this fine organization.

I’ve been invited to teach seven private October classes at Grand Hotel on beautiful Mackinac Island for tour groups through the Michigan Parks and Recreation Association. I’m looking forward to this very much and hoping for wonderful autumn weather!

In collaboration with Letter Sparrow, an independent watercolor paint manufacturer, I have developed a signature collection of colors: “The Mary Lou Peters Autumn Palette.” Each of these luscious colors was selected by me after careful consideration as to the mixability with other colors in the palette. I carefully  blended the five main colors to create every autumn color imaginable.

The Sparkle Gold is an added bonus—I apply it over dried layers to highlight the areas where the sun is shining on brilliant autumn days. This little palette will be available for purchase on Sept. 15, 10 a.m. MST on





My classes taught on Mackinac Island have all gone very well. I was flattered to hear that, more than ever, students in my classes are planning their vacations around my class offerings. Even though I taught twice as many classes as last year, we still had to turn people away, which absolutely broke my heart. Keep watching the Mackinac Arts Council website (, my newsletters, my website ( and my Facebook page (Watercolor Paintings by Mary Lou Peters) beginning in March 2019 for announcements of upcoming classes. Pre-registration is a must for these Workshops at the Museum. Register right away (at so you won’t be disappointed.

What a wonderful Watercolor Nature Journaling class we had in August on Mackinac Island! Students were eager and creative and taught me a thing or two about the natural objects they chose for the drawings and paintings in their sketchbook pages.

The gardens and grounds at Mission Point Resort were in top form and just perfect to sit in and paint.

Watch for announcements for a Summer 2019 offering—we’ll be doing something similar but with a twist!


Introduction to Watercolor Painting: Sponsored by the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council, this same intro class in August filled so fast there was a waiting list of 9 people. So we’re offering it again by popular demand; this time we’ll be painting a zinnia! Cost is $10 and everything you need will be supplied. Class will be held on September 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Mackinaw City Women’s Club building at 310 E. Jamet Street. Register with Joann Leal, (231) 436-5626 or at


All classes on Sanibel Island will be held at the BIG Arts Center. To register please call (239) 395-0900.

January 11, 1:30-4:00 p.m. : Introduction to Watercolor Painting, $45 members, $56 non-members (We will paint a sailboat, your choice of colors)

January 7, 14, 21, 28, and Feb. 4, 1:00-4:00 p.m. : Watercolor Painting for All Levels,  $145 members, $181 non-members (Students will paint their own choice of subjects)

January 15 & 16, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. : Watercolor Nature Journaling, $149 members, $186 non-members (Class will be held in a classroom and on the grounds of BIG Arts)



Already scheduled for 2019, it’s my annual trek to my hometown of East Tawas, Michigan. I’ll be teaching an Introduction to Watercolor class on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the Tawas Bay Art Gallery at 302 Newman Street. All supplies will be furnished for a cost of $35. You will paint an 8x10 sailboat suitable for matting and framing and jazz it up with colors of your choice. Beginners are my specialty, but experienced painters will be challenged as well. Call the gallery at (989) 362-5613 to register.



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 and that’s why I post nearly every day. Join us on my page, “Watercolor Paintings by Mary Lou Peters


“Be brave enough to live life creatively.”
- Alan Alda, American actor (1936- )



Being back to a heavy teaching schedule has fed my soul this summer. I love being among people who love to paint as much as I do. The creative life is a wonderful one, and I love spreading the word about the joys of an art-filled existence. How far my students get involved is up to them—what’s right for me isn’t right for everybody. But I find that even a little bit of art/creativity added to your life is something that can benefit you in ways you can’t imagine.