Monday, June 26, 2017


June 26, 2017  
This one is my Diva Challenge for today DC#322.  I have Aquafleur, Printemps, Zinger, and Mooka all playing nicely together.

Read on for my CZT #28 class report

Duane has graduated from Zentangle CZT class #28 in Providence, RI.  I have also returned home just in time for the Diva Challenge #322.  I had a really great time in Providence.  I was one of two male students in the class.  Everyday I got to say "I went to dinner with 121 women at the same time."  I loved that.  I even called my wife and told her....she is so good natured, she laughed...and I said, "No, really."  It was the truth, we all ate our meals on the floor where our classroom (the Grand Ball Room of the Biltmore) was right after class each day.   We literally took over the top 2 floors of the hotel.  This was the nicest hotel I have ever been at.  Every one of the staff went out of their way to take care of us.  Those of you who said it would be a magical time was absolutely correct !!   It was a fantastic experience and I will never forget it.  It inspired me so much that now I want to teach this method to anyone who will listen and I want to do it for as long as I am able....I probably got 20 to 30 good years yet  as long as I live to be 100.

If you are not a CZT, you owe it to yourself to go to Seminar.  It is the greatest.
Zentangle, Inc.  from right to left, Molly, Martha, Rick, Maria, Julie and Maria's sisters.
Some of the ladies in my class 

Some more ladies --  Ladies, ladies everywhere.
But I was not complaining, you understand. 

This is when Rick and Maria were handing out our diplomas.  He's way back in the back of the room.
Here's Maria and I

Molly and I

Me just being silly taking a picture with wings.

Those wings mean something to me.  They mean that Zentangle has given me wings to accomplish a dream of mine; and that is to teach this great and wonderful relaxation and meditational method of drawing (since Art is a passion with me).  I want to help others learn to be able to handle anything in life with a little time to themselves to destress and be able to handle anything that comes along.  We learned meditation while drawing from Molly.  She is a great teacher, even one so young.  Maria is a hoot.  She is nowhere and all of a sudden her voice can be heard on the loudspeaker interrupting Rick on one point or another.  Then she is all over the place, flitting from one spot to another like a little butterfly.  She has a speaking voice that can not be matched (and she said she used to be too shy to talk to a group).  Both of them are great teachers right alongside Molly.  This team was made in heaven, I am convinced.  Maria's sisters helped with the logistics of the event.  Then there is Julie.  She used to be their next door neighbor until she got married, but she now works for Zentangle, Inc as their computer tech, Mosaic go-to person, anything digital and she is there.


  1. Congratulations Duane CZT! I'm so glad you had a great time with the ladies (I didn't notice a picture of the other fellow, did I miss it? :)

    Lovely diva tile.

  2. Congratulations Duane CZT! I'm so glad you had a great time with the ladies (I didn't notice a picture of the other fellow, did I miss it? :)

    Lovely diva tile.

    1. No, Trudi, you didn't miss it. I didn't take a picture of him....just the ladies.

  3. Congratulations! Great photo's :-) and I love your Aauafleur tile too!

  4. Congrats, Duane. I am truly happy for you. I can count my training as a top highlight of my life. It was really magical. The Zentangle team are really wonderful people. Thanks for sharing those photos. I wish I could go again someday. It's on my bucket list. So,go forward and share. You will be a great teacher!

  5. Thank you, Jean. I do understand now about how you and some others told me it would be magical, and it was !! I am making preparations each day now to be able to start teaching just as soon as I can get the word out that I am teaching Zentangle so people will sign up for classes.

  6. Congratulations Duane!!!!! If I can ever find the courage to go into an airplane, I will go to become a CZT! For now I'm just looking at your (happy) photo's.

  7. Lovely Aquafleur! Congrats on your certification and thanks for sharing your photos;-)

  8. Parabéns Duane,
    Estou muito feliz por suas conquistas,desejo-lhe muito sucesso!!
    Momento histórico , 121 mulheres muito bom!!!
    Que suas asas te levem cada vez mais longe alcançando seus sonhos.

  9. Congratulations Duane! You've brought tears to my eyes today. Great post. And lovely tile. And you will be a fantastic teacher. Ever upwards (that's what the wings are for ;) )

  10. Congratulations on completing the CZT seminar. Mine was a while ago, but still have fond memories of it. And as you pointed out, one of the advantages is that the attendees at the seminar are largely female. I think there were three males in my group(CZT 10). Good luck withh teaching. I enjoy it. Your Aquafleur looks great.

  11. Congratulations and welcome to the CZT family! What a lovely Aquafleur for your new CZT garden!

  12. Congratulations Duane and thank you for sharing those lovely pictures. I'm glad that you had a wonderful time at the seminar and wish you luck for the future!