Mary Lou Peters



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



Many of my new paintings in December were created specifically for the holiday season. “Amaryllis” (9x12) and “Poinsettia” (4x6) are two watercolor examples.

I began a series I call “Holiday Greens and More,” featuring greenery I found out in my garden. I have finished three in this series of watercolors and have planned two more that I’ll show you next month. “Holiday Greens” was the painting that started it all, done in an online class with Megan Swoyer. I loved the loose style, so I took it another step further and painted two more: “A Cup Full of Greens” where I added a window to the background, and  “Happy Christmas Day,” which was painted (you guessed it) on the actual day of Christmas, another bouquet for the season. All are 9x12.

One design I created that will be reproduced only in cards is my “Ten Birthday Flowers” and it features some of the illustrations I painted for my Gratitude Journal. I love the delicate look of this one.

My acrylic “Snowman in Lights” is on an 8x10 wrapped canvas. The black background really makes him pop!

A painting that I’m particularly excited about was a commission from the new owners of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island to design their 2020 Christmas card. Although the hotel is not open at this time of year, I stretched my imagination to think about what it might look like all decorated for Christmas. My card went out to 2000 families this year.

All of these paintings will be for sale on my website in the form of matted prints (5x7 and 8x10) and note cards: All but four are still available for purchase in their original form, unframed.


Soon I’ll be working on more new paintings in the “Holiday Greens” series. Before putting away my Christmas decorations, I set up a photo shoot to provide reference for the next two paintings: a candle and a lantern along with greens and pinecones from my garden.

Two new projects are in the thinking stages and will begin to take form in January: commissions from two organizations to design holiday cards for the coming year. Sorry, I can’t say more just yet, but when I have permission, I’ll show you.

It’s not too early to order your special valentines! I have two on my website from which to choose.


I’ve decided to give myself a gift this winter. Instead of bemoaning the fact that I’m not going to Florida this year, I’ve decided to embrace the northern Michigan winter and be grateful for the things I’ve missed here in the last five years that I was a snow bird. On each day of the next two months (when I would normally be in Florida) I will find something I’m grateful for here in northern Michigan that I wouldn’t experience if I were in Florida and record it in my Gratitude Journal. This way I’ll (hopefully) view winter in a whole new way! My Gratitude Journals make wonderful gifts for yourself or for those you love. Each of the 30 pages has a different flower illustration at the top.


In last month’s newsletter I announced that I would be donating 10% of my internet sales to the Straits Area Food Pantry. Because of your orders I was able to make a generous donation and now wish to extend that commitment for the next three months when our food pantry is in operation. So when you make a purchase from my website, you will be making it possible for some families in my little northern Michigan town to have an easier winter. Thank you!


As you know, everything is shut down because of the pandemic, so I am not currently teaching any classes.


Both Mackinac Island Meditations and Garden Meditations are 32 pages of illustrations reproduced from my original watercolor paintings, a scripture verse, meditation, and prayer—a meaningful gift to yourself or a loved one. I have received some wonderful comments from customers, such as this: “Your work is so happy and charming and we need that now for sure.”  (Barb Landen, pastel artist, Cincinnati, Ohio) Thank you, Barb!




Come join the fun and follow me on Facebook (Watercolor Paintings by Mary Lou Peters) and on Instagram (#maryloupeterspainter) as we connect over artwork. If you are already a follower, thank you!


Although 2020 has been such a different year for all of us, I hope you’ve been able to find some silver linings in the dark cloud that has hung over most of the year. For me, as for all of you, I have had to give up some of the things I love. This year has been a pivotal one for me. Because I spent so much time preparing for, traveling to, and teaching my many painting classes, I suddenly found myself with lots of time on my hands. So instead of being a teacher, I re-invented myself as a student. This year has been a blessing for my artistic growth. I have taken online classes in watercolors, acrylics, oils, and mixed media. I find myself thinking more about art matters than I used to, and have been hit with frantic bouts of creativity where all I want to do is to make something new. Think about your own silver linings and how you can turn them into something really good for yourself that can last beyond 2020.

Happy New Year, everyone!