Mary Lou Peters



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



My “Hollyhock Garden” was created in an August watercolor class taught by Megan Swoyer on Mackinac Island. The hollyhocks were spectacular this year and I am partial to the pinks of every shade. I love the way the blossoms move on the page, almost like dancing girls in frilly dresses. This is offered as an original painting only—no prints or cards will be made from it. Look for it on my website,


This past month has been filled with orders to be delivered, an art show, plein air group outings, and garden painting. I can feel summer beginning to wind down, and it’s coming way too fast. Summers in northern Michigan are short and oh, so sweet. I’m never ready for summer to be over. Here is a photo from our plein air group’s art show at Three Pines Studio and Gallery in Cross Village—show runs from now through September 10.


A portion of all my website sales have gone to help stock the shelves of my local food pantry to feed thirty hungry families in my area. Thank you for all your help by ordering my artwork and making these donations possible.


I have recently ordered more tee shirts, both lilac and geranium, so I’m sure to have your size! Check out the size chart and ordering details on my website,


My books make wonderful souvenirs of your trip to Mackinac Island. They are also great gifts for all occasions. BothMackinac 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 for a loved one—or a treat for yourself. Order online at or find it in one of the fine shops on Mackinac Island or in Mackinaw City.


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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!


It’s almost like I’ve been on a year-long respite from social life and now it’s so good to get back to living again, seeing friends and family without fear. I’ll bet many of you, like me, have had time to look at how we spend our time and perhaps re-evaluate some parts of our lives that just aren’t working for us any longer. I know I’ve done just that, and it’s a good feeling to be in control again.

As a result of all this introspection I have made the difficult decision to close my business at the end of the year—it’s not a decision I’ve made on the spur of the moment, but a gradual process that I’ve been working on for a while now. Whatever inventory I have left at the end of September I will move to my website to sell for the next couple of months until the supply runs out. It will be a big change for me—I’ve truly enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people. Thank you for your many years of loyalty. I plan to keep the shops of my retail customers supplied as long as I can through the end of 2021. I also plan to keep painting, but not sure yet just what direction that will take next. It’s kind of fun not having a plan! I will certainly miss all my customers and good friends I have made over my 20+ years in business. Thank you for your loyalty and friendship!