WHAZZUP CILLYart? September 2016 CILLYart4U NEWS has arrived with new fun and updates for your young readers!


With the arrival of September 2016…all of our young readers and learners (K-8) should now be back in school! This issue of CILLYart4U NEWS has some fun for back to school, encourages families reading together, and some great news and updates for book one of the TWIN TAILS Series for young readers (GR 2 – 6), TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach…and its sequel in TWIN TAILS Book 2 (Title is yet to be released)! If you have not received this brief, yet fun email newsletter…sign up for it today on our website’s home page by typing in your email under MY UPDATES…Be The First To Know! and click on SIGN UP at:


In celebration of our upcoming TWIN TAILS Book 2 release, there is extra coloring fun for your kiddos in the September 2016 issue of CILLYart4U NEWS too! Feel free to take a photo of your child’s coloring of my coloring pages and email them to me at this special contact-the-author  email address  (twintailsbycillyart4u@gmail.com ) so I can enjoy their artistic rendering of these coloring pages.  I would love to share these with my readers as well!

Be the first to know of our upcoming TWIN TAILS Book Launch Events, including contests for children via  CILLYart4U NEWS blast emails this fall! Stay tuned and…

Keep reading and creating!






Enjoy our fun, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach (Book One) trailers at:





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…


with your email listed under…“MY UPDATES…Be the first to know!”

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:


and sign up with your email today on the home page under “MY UPDATES…be the first to know!” By the way…I would love to see how you color my CILLYart silly art!  Please take a photo and email it to me at cillyart4u@gmail.com so I can share your creativity too!

Until next time…HAPPY READING & 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!!!




WHAZZUP, CILLYart? Drawing with Children = FUN!

CILLYart4U Drawing Class 4 Children...summer 2016

We sure had a lot of fun drawing dragons and mermaids, using simple lines and shapes to create them in my CILLYART4U drawing class this past Saturday morning at the RED MOUNTAIN BRANCH of the Mesa Public Library system! I got to see many of the illustrations of my 30+ students and encouraged them all to keep drawing and creating! We even gave out some door prizes! Will I get invited back to teach again??? I sure hope so!!!
Below is a dragon inspired by young Chloe’s imagination! Gotta love it!!!
Chloe's dragon...summer 2016
I wish I had thought to take more photos of the dragons, mermaids and mermen created on Saturday morning to show you more of the work of our budding young artists!
I just received an email this morning from my publisher…the tentative release date for TWIN TAILS Book 2 is by the first week of October!!! I’m getting excited and preparing little by little for our book launch events and contests for more young winners!!! Stay tuned here for CILLYart4U news, on our website (www.cillyart4u.wix.com/cillyart4u), on facebook, twitter, linkedin.com, goodreads.com, pinterest, in our CILLYart4U NEWS email newsletter and more!
TWIN TAILS Book 2 PROMO with line illustration 20...formal shock
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of book one, TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach, to read how it all began so you are ready for Marina & Perla’s continued magical adventures in book 2! Request it at your favorite bookstore or local library today!!!
Until next time…HAPPY READING & CREATING!!!


WHAZZUP, CILLYart? Getting Creative!

An Array of Acryllic Colors for CILLYart@CILLYart4U...camera phone photo.jpg

WHAZZUP, CILLYart??? Well…I am getting creative again, prepping for the next stage of creating our TWIN TAILS 2 book cover! I’ve created some fun sketches and now it is time to paint them! Above are the acryllic paint colors we will use to begin this next process.  Now…let’s see what evolves for the book cover of the sequel children’s chapter book/middle-grade novel to TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach!

Whenever I can, I start sketching fun illustrations…and since TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach came to mind, I’ve been enjoying the rendering of a larger percentage of fun mer-folk illustrations for children or even adults like myself to color!  Sign up for my monthly updates/brief email newsletter titled CILLYart4U NEWS on the front page of my website and you will get the opportunity and permission to print out some of my original, copyrighted illustrations for your children or yourself to enjoy coloring. My drawings are a big hit of fun for my children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, students and now the many children and some adults I meet as I share as an children’s book author-illustrator, educator, and promoter of child literacy! 

Mer-father and kiddos swim copyright by CILLYart4U illustration photo...camera phone

Above is a quick, camera phone shot of the uniquely fun HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! coloring page available in our June 2016 CILLYart4U NEWS brief, monthly email updates to our family, friends, fans and followers that  have subscribed on the home page of our website…. www.cillyart4u.wix.com/cillyart4u! If you have not yet done so…do it today! I cannot wait to share with you too!

Mermaid and Dolphin Play...by CILLYart@CILLYart4U - camera photo

Here is a quick snapshot of my latest mer-illustration of mermaid and dolphin play! Perhaps this one will become one of our summer fun coloring pages for July’s 2016 issue of CILLYart4U NEWS!

In the meantime, I hope you are all enjoying your summer and keeping cool…and if possible, enjoying a summer vacation!  Until next time…




Enjoy our TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach book trailer: