WHAZZUP, CILLYart? The Sleepy Warm Days of Summer…

The Sleepy Warm Days of Summer are Ending!!!

The sleepy days of summer are ending, but the warm days linger here in Arizona far into autumn.  I feel sleepy still and really love to take a happy nappy when I get home from work in the warmth of the late afternoon. However, we are back to school and into long days at our jobs…so vacations are set aside until next year when summer comes around again!

Happy Nappy MERMAID...with BOLD copyright label (summer 2016)

In this train of thought, I imagined myself as a mermaid taking a lazy, happy nappy on a summer day in a quiet area of the cool ocean.  Ahhhh, how I love my happy nappies!  Above is one of the coloring pages to be shared in next month’s CILLYart4U NEWS!  Don’t forget to sign up for this brief, monthly email on the home page of my website…


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Still working on and waiting for those final steps with ROOK PUBLISHING to bring about the mid-grade novel (chapter book), TWIN TAILS Book 2 to my readers of children, families and more this fall! Stay tuned for updated news and book release events with some children’s contests. My CILLYart4U NEWS subscribers will hear these updates first, so become a subscriber today!  Get ready by enjoying Book One of the TWIN TAILS Series, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach! Be sure to request it at your favorite bookstore or local library today!  

Until next time…Keep Reading & Creating!








WHAZZUP, CILLYart? Learning has only just begun…

BACK 2 SCHOOL...a rainbow of learning!

The children here in AZ  are already in their 2nd or 3rd week of school, depending on the school district! The learning has only just begun…or should we say…the learning has just resumed for children and adults alike?! Standing in the grocery store line today behind a couple of young college freshman guys, I sensed their excitement in this first year away from high school, their families and living with their first college roommate! I had to smile at these older teen boys, remembering my own excitement when I first started college…and the excitement of each new school year since I began kindergarten. Whether as a student or the teacher, learning is a great adventure!

MER-boy finds and reaches out for... BOLD Copyright posted 4 CILLYart4U NEWS 8-2016.jpg

Since I am busy writing and illustrating this fun TWIN TAILS Series of mid-grade novels for children & families to enjoy, I pondered how one of my grandsons is starting kindergarten this year and his passion to learn and love for books.  So as I illustrated this MER-boy, I imagine his great curiosity as he reaches out to catch something that has fallen into the sea…possibly from a passing ship or boat from the humans.  Since KJ, my curly, black-haired grandson, is so passionate about books and reading…I imagine him being thrilled at finding a book that may have fallen overboard.  What do you think this MER-boy would be excited to find floating in the ocean?

If your children, students or even you would enjoy coloring this or more of my original CILLYart line illustrations, get access to some of these free by subscribing to my brief, yet fun monthly email updates, CILLYart4U NEWS! Go to my website:


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Until next time…HAPPY READING & CREATING!!!





WHAZZUP, CILLYart? How to get access to my original coloring pages free!

Moonlight MER-surfing...BOLD copyright listed - July 2016

How does one get access to color my original CILLYart illustrations/coloring pages? One way is to subscribe to my free CILLYart4U NEWS, a free email newsletter that goes out to your email each month for brief, yet fun CILLYart@CILLYart4U updates on my books, book projects, contests, author-illustrator visits/classes, and the fun of reading, imagining and learning in this big world around us…with some of my original coloring pages and kid-craft activities occasionally too!  CILLYart4U NEWS is for  parents, families, teachers and leaders of elementary school children…and for the kiddos as well! So, if you haven’t signed up yet for this bit of easygoing fun with me…do so today! Go to my website (www.cillyart4u.wix.com/cillyart4u) and put in your email address under “MY UPDATES…Sign up and be the first to know!

Moonlight MER-Surfing!

YUP! That is the official title of the above silly art illustration I created this summer when at the beach with my grand-baby, Penelope, as we watched her parents and hundreds of other surfers and swimmers delighting in the ocean waves at Huntington Beach just a couple of weekends ago!  I imagined how much fun mermaids and mermen might have if they found a lost surfboard and rode the waves in the moonlight long after most surfers went home for the day! What a fun way to enjoy summer to its end…even for MER-folk!

Still awaiting news from ROOK Publishing on the book cover, final editing and formatting of TWIN TAILS Book 2…and its official release date! Until then…

Keep reading and creating!




WHAZZUP, CILLYart? Back to School soon for young scholars and artists alike!

CILLYart4U NEWS... email newsletter heading

…AUGUST  2016…

BACK 2 SCHOOL Already...August 2016

The “Uh, oh…summer’s coming to a close” issue of CILLYart4U NEWS just came out today! Check your email inbox to read and enjoy it! If you have not yet signed up to receive this brief, monthly CILLYart4U NEWS email update…don’t delay. Go to the home page of our website, www.cillyart4u.wix.com/cillyart4u, and put in your email address under MY UPDATES and click on it! This will notify us that you’d like to share in the CILLYart4U’s news, updates, ideas, coloring pages and other “first one to know about it” items! In our August 2016 issue, check out our two newest coloring pages…which only our CILLYart4U NEWS subscribers have permission to print out to color with their kiddos…and hear the latest about TWIN TAILS Book 2 and other books I’m involved with too!

                       I'm just a MERMAID in disguise #2...tote bag designI'm just a MERMAID in disguise...design 2 on kid's T-shirt at zazzle

Above you can see at least 2 of the prizes being prepped for the upcoming book launch events, contests and activities this autumn for the second book of the TWIN TAILS Series written by me, CILLYart@CILLYart4U! This is my second design of “I’m just a MERMAID in disguise!” and there is more creative mermaiding fun to come! If you have not yet read book one of this children’s/middle-grade novel series, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach, where the magical mermaiding adventures of Marina and Perla begin, be sure to request it today at your favorite bookstore or local library today!  If you haven’t seen one of our TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach book trailers yet, check these out below:

Until next time…HAPPY READING & CREATING!!!