Mary Lou Peters



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



HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOUQUET was inspired by the flowers I received from my family and is perfect as a birthday greeting card you want to send to your friends and family.

RENOIR’S GARDEN is a painting I did as part of the Postcards from Paris class taught by Dreama Tolle Perry. Can’t you just imagine yourself sitting on that swing and taking in the beautiful gardens of the artist Auguste Renoir?

My HAPPY OWLS were painted in a class taught by Maggie Ruley. Each one has its own ways of asking the question, “WHO-O-O-O?”

RENOIR’S GARDEN  and HAPPY OWLS will be offered as prints, cards, and originals for sale on my website.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOUQUET is offered as a card or original.


I’m excited to share with you seven more paintings that will pop up for sale on my website this month:

AUTUMN BUGGY RIDE is a scene that repeats itself during this season on the back roads of Mackinac Island.

MACKINAC BRIDGE IN AUTUMN is surrounded by colors of the season.

INDIAN CORN is used to decorate doors and fenceposts in this season.

I imagined the AUTUMN LEAVES in this painting as graceful dancers.

In honor of the Mackinac State Historic Parks’ 125th anniversary, I am offering these three original watercolors on my website:

FORT VIEW TO THE EAST overlooks the tiny buildings on East Main Street of Mackinac Island.

is a view of Fort Mackinac from below at lilac time.

COLONIAL MICHILIMACKINAC shows an interpreter tending her vegetable garden within the fort walls.

Details (size and cost) of these paintings are on my website,


Classes are temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. I’m not making any plans for future classes yet because everything is just too uncertain. I miss my students and hope to hold classes again.


Hey, all you Do-It-Yourselfers! Look what my friends did with my artwork! Debbie and Dan Nabozny own a vacation rental they’ve named Bayview in St. Ignace, Michigan that overlooks the Straits of Mackinac. They put together this spectacular color coordinated themed wall of my prints from Mackinac Island. Thank you for showing us your unique way to display prints, Debbie and Dan—you’ve inspired me. I love this!


My books make nice gifts for any occasion—each page is illustrated with my original watercolor paintings. These books are for sale on my website.




I enjoy interacting with readers of my Facebook posts on my page, Watercolor Paintings by Mary Lou Peters. I post nearly every day, either a brand new painting or a popular painting from the past.

My new Instagram account is fun—I’m learning lots of new things as I learn to navigate through this land of hashtags. You can follow me if you like at #maryloupeterspainter.


My friend, Charlene Costanzo, has just launched her NEW BOOK, THE TWELVE GIFTS FROM THE GARDEN: Life Lessons for Peace and Well-Being. In it, she takes us through a beautiful botanical garden on Sanibel Island, Florida, and reveals secrets of plants and how they relate to people. For this wonderful book, I drew 13 small spot illustrations for chapter headings. Check it out at


Here we go into October! Have you set any new goals? Maybe like me, you’ve been thinking a lot about what’s important.  I’ve been separated from these important things for many months now: family, friends, students, travel…the list goes on. So I’ll be setting some new goals for the remaining months of this memorable year. They won’t replace my contact with loved ones and familiar experiences, but they WILL help to make my time alone be endurable.

I’ll be…

  • continuing with my exercise regimen
  • continuing to contact family, friends, and students regularly
  • taking online classes painting in oils, watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media from experienced, creative teachers who will help me sharpen my skills and explore my creativity.

Try setting some new goals for yourself—they don’t have to be elaborate, just a movement in a positive direction to bring more JOY into your life!


A friend and newsletter reader spotted this sign at “The Lamb’s Tail,” an antiques shop and garden center in Armada, Michigan:

“A falling leaf is nothing but a summer’s wave goodbye…”

Thank you for that reminder, Lynn Leone!