Mary Lou Peters



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



As I continue to take painting classes, I can feel my creativity blossoming. New teachers have a way of awakening ideas and different ways of doing things. I am taking my art in exciting directions (collage, acrylic painting) while still keeping my attachment to watercolors. I’m loving it, and I hope you will love it too.

New watercolor paintings this month are the final two in my “Holiday Greens and More” series. “Candle Glow” was inspired by a red candle I’ve had as a centerpiece for many years. It brightens my dining room table during the Christmas season and well beyond.

My “Lantern Glow” is a real welcome outside my front door in the winter, greeting my UPS delivery man who is the only visitor I’ve had lately!

“Coneflower and Finch”, “Chickadee”, “Cardinal,” and “Round Island Lighthouse II” were all completed in online watercolor classes taught by Megan Swoyer. The birds are cheery ones, perched on their maze of tangled branches, and are all ready for spring, like I am! The lighthouse is a beacon in the Mackinac Island Harbor welcoming visitors to experience the magic that can be found on the island.

My acrylic paintings, “Two Mermaids” and “Sunflower,” done in online classes with Key West artist Maggie Ruley, are on 8x10 gallery-wrapped canvas, with edges painted and ready to hang on your wall.

Four little watercolor birds have been added to my collection of bookmarks: woodpecker, cardinal, blue jay, and chickadee, typical northern Michigan winter birds, would make cute gifts. These bookmarks, each with an appropriate quote, along with most of the original paintings I’ve mentioned, are for sale on my website, and so are reproductions in cards and prints. My “Sunflower” painting has sold already, but you’ll be able to order cards and prints of this cheery flower from my website.


I have two valentines to offer this year: “Valentine Clothesline” and “Flag Heart.” If you’re thinking of ordering valentines, please get your order to me ASAP so you’ll have time to put your valentine cards in the mail to friends and loved ones.


I continue to take online classes in watercolor and acrylic painting to prepare more designs for the summer season on Mackinac Island. I have several big projects which will be completed by the end of March, so I’ll show you in a future edition.


In last month’s newsletter I announced that I would be donating 10% of my internet sales to our local food pantry. Because of your orders, in January I was able to make a sizable donation to the Mackinaw City Area Food Pantry. I now wish to extend that commitment to the next three months when our food pantry is in operation. 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.


My books make meaningful gifts for your friends or family on any occasion. Thank you for this wonderful comment about one of them, Marjorie Bezubic from Millersburg, Pennsylvania: “Absolutely beautiful, Mary Lou. You have so captured the glory and charm of Mackinac Island.” Both Mackinac Island Meditations and Garden Meditations are 32 pages of illustrations reproduced from my original watercolor paintings, along with scripture verses, meditations, and prayers. A perfect gift to yourself or a loved one.




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!


As a way to embrace winter in this first year in nine that I won’t be going to Florida, I left my little Christmas Tree with its sparkly white lights standing in the corner. I took Christmas decorations off the tree at the beginning of January but left anything else to make it my Winter Tree. And now I’ve removed all traces of winter and replaced them with hearts of felt (made by poet and crafter Sande Backes Foster) and woven paper (made by me) from beautiful papers from Marbling Supplies LLC on  I’ve ordered pastel marbled paper from the talented Heidi Finley who owns an Etsy shop to make some paper Easter eggs for the next incarnation of my all-seasons tree. Of course the white lights remain on the tree to brighten the dreary days of winter, and in turn that lights up the whole house as well as my life!