Mary Lou Peters

 

 

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

MARCH 2021

NEW PAINTINGS

Lots of new paintings this month, all of which will be available on my website—original, cards, and prints.

My series of geranium “littles” is fun to do, and I couldn’t seem to stop at ten. They are done on acid free mat board which takes watercolor in a rather dreamy way. Because each of these is an original and somewhat different, you may choose "Little (Red) Geraniums" or "Little (Pink) Geraniums" when ordering. Each comes with its own little wooden easel. Reproductions of these “littles” will not be offered.


My “Gerbera Daisy” and “Stargazer Lily” were done in a class taught by Megan Swoyer—love the loose look!

 

“Round Island Reflections” was painted from a wonderful photo given to me by Michele Johnson—I love the gently rippled mirrored image. Michele also gave me reference photos for “Umbrellas and Hydrangeas,” “Mission Point Boxwood Café,” and “Nick,” the resort’s official mascot. My friend, Birgit Schulze from Gera Germany, describes her feelings about “Umbrellas and Hydrangeas this way: “Oh, Mary Lou, your beautiful painting brings spring or summer into my heart.”

These new paintings are also available as original paintings while they last.

“Starry Night in Mackinaw” is a scene familiar to visitors to the Mackinac Bridge.

CURRENT PROJECTS

I’ve been working on new designs for the 2021 summer season on Mackinac Island: my series of “littles” continues, as well as ten larger paintings in the New Paintings sections of this newsletter. Watch for more to come in future issues of my newsletter. I continue to love taking online classes in watercolor and acrylic painting.

Another big project is designing a lilac tee shirt to be a companion to last year’s geranium tee shirt which was a big hit.

EASTER CARDS

Patricia Cebelak (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has this to say about the greeting cards she recently ordered from me: “Your cards bring joy and smiles to the recipient as well as the sender.” Bring some smiles to your loved ones—order your Easter cards today from my Holidays page!

GIVING BACK

When you place an order on my website, 10% of the purchase price goes to the Mackinaw City Area Food Pantry. Thank you for helping to make this an easier winter for families in my area!

CLASSES

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

BOOKS

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.

FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM

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Instagram

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!

REFLECTIONS

The other day I went through the little notebooks I carry with me at all times just in case inspiration strikes. Here are some sketches I made while visiting the Gladstone Library in Wales with my friend and tour guide extraordinaire, Janet Simmonds.* This library is truly like no other: a tea room to buy yourself a nice “cuppa” that you may take to an easy chair in front of a cozy fireplace. The day of our visit to this unusual library, Janet wrote and I sketched as I listened to the lovely British voices around me observing this wonderfully unique spot on the map:

     “A nice sort of place…”
     “A bit different than other libraries…”
     “A bit out of the ordinary…”



I look at these sketches now and it all comes back to me—the voices, the fireplace, the tea, the feeling of calm and pure contentment…and that’s why I carry a notebook with me, always.

*Janet’s tour information may be found on her website: www.grand-tourist.com. Janet has written many blogposts about the places she’s traveled, and you can find them here: www.educated-traveller.com (Yes, there really are two Ls in traveller—Janet is British, and that’s the British spelling.)