by Roman aka jar

Review: Color Theory Workshop with Alfonso Giraldes, Banshee - Augsburg

by Roman aka jar

"First of all, the course for me was truly how a course should be with the right mix of theory and practicing. I loved the fact that Alfonso referred to historical pieces and historical artists as well which brings the message across so well. It opens up a whole new world of inspiration, and I love that. Second of all, I think Alfonso is a good teacher and I like his straightforward and honest approach a lot.

The group atmosphere was very nice and I think everyone was very inspired and ready to try out ‘new’ things after the course. But most of all, I learned that I can be so much more creative, which I feel I have lost over the years. I learned not to be afraid of the plastic, the resin and the colours but to just embrace it : ) Sounds weird but it’s difficult to put it in exactly correct writing. Third of all, Alfonso is so knowledgeable which means you can ask him all sort of questions on all sorts of projects and techniques. Finally, I think everyone had a lot of fun and there was room to learn from each other as well.

All in all, for me I rate it a 10 out of a 10 and I have been painting every day since in many different ways by actually painting and trying but also by getting inspired by everything around."



Massive Voodoo brought Alfonso Giraldes aka Banshee over to Augsburg, Germany to teach one of his famous Color Theory seminars. The list of participants was quickly filled and a great weekend spent in Augsburg with many known faces. If you do not know Alfonso and his work and approach to figure painting check this artist portrait I wrote of him.

I for my part,
was not taking part in the seminar. I did this once and it opened my eyes to many new things. Here is the review of Alfonso's first class in Augsburg some years back. This time I was helping in organisational aspects and took photos during the class.

I was really happy to see many of my friends and very own students alike see to get the Alfonso input. A passionate input about painting that words just can not justify. It is an exhausting weekend, but extremly rewarding on the long run when it comes to the knowledge of painting.

Some more impressions of the class ...




The seminar took place in my old school,
where I used to learn to become a teacher. It was the perfect place for this class.

Thank you Alfonso for coming to Augsburg
and teaching this class to a fully packed classroom. It has been some splendid days with you my friend!I also want to thank everyone coming to this workshop. Without you there is no reason to organise it. My plan is to have some more special guests teaching hands on in Augsburg next year! Stay tuned for 2019 and check back with the roadmap of seminars 2019!

Keep on happy painting!
We love brush strokes!



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Massive Voodoo News

by Roman aka jar

Heyho MV readers,

wow, what a year 2018 has been so far.
Many things in private life happened, but not only for me, also for everyone else of the Massive Voodoo Team. Active members, inactive members and also in the lifes of all our readers.

Many things just happen, you can not paint yourself away from it. A lesson learned this year as I usually just went painting when things happened in the past.

When you read these lines you will see my write as "we" and as "I". "I" means it is just my word, "we" means I do speak for the full MV Team.

First of all,
I want to thank everyone reading and supporting the MV blog, fresh and veteran readers. Thank you for your loyalty and continous support in what we do in here. I do speak in the name of the full MV Team.

We all know that life goes on.
In our age Tupac told us. Just keep your head up, eh?

Life can bring many changes and it does the older you grow as more days on this planet mean more things sum up in your life. Good things, bad things, changes, time used wisely, time used wrong, heartaches and happy joyful feelings and much more. Life gives you all of it. Most of the time we are all not prepared for it. And then changes happen with being out of control of situations. And that is another lesson learned: let it happen and go with the changes instead of fighting against them. It is called "flow" and you can imagine it like a river. It flows in a direction. It does not change the direction of the flow as what is behind is what the water masses already passed. Flow.

MV Studio Change
As we change and grow as humans we learn about the flow, we learn to accept changes.
One of these changes is that the so far known Massive Voodoo Studio will no longer exist. We will move places. All efforts to keep the Kulturpark in place did not work out in the end and the three buildings will be torn down in September 2019.

Luckily this does not mean that the Kulturpark dies.
It is even bigger now as several units of buildings will spread over the town and will host even more artists and musicians than before. We will still be a part of it. Actual plans are to move the beloved studio to its new location around April/May 2019. Right now we are waiting for more precise information. Thanks so far to all the people offering their help for the move. You are just too great, be sure I get back to you when I know more.

Another change on the horizon is that Peter and Raffa
of the MV Team decided that being a highly active part in the studio does not make much sense for them with all the changes life brought for them. Of course the studio costs rent and both are enjoying the miniature hobby as a hobby. Beside family, kids, new friends, new hobbies and new jobs there is not much time left for studio painting time. We sat together like a gang of monkeys and planned things through and the studio will see changes, too. One painter from Munich, Johannes, is already confirmed to have a full seat in the MV studio, starting in December. Plan is to find another artist for a third spot and we are actually working on it. We will have updates on this for you as soon as they are available.

A little word from Raffa
Hey everyone! Roman's words describe the situation spot on.
Discovering the world together with my little girl and working in a new job*, there's little time left for hobbies - and spending time in the studio seems like a nearly impossible task.
My life has changed so much, it's almost unbelievable.
Creative energies are still flowing to other areas of interest, making music, video stuff, physical computing projects and the like.
But another thing has changed from the end of my "professional miniature painting" career and the start of a normal job:
I don't feel the need to share my creations (social media) neither do I feel a big need of finishing things (especially music tracks). I just do things for myself as long as I enjoy them, without any pressure. Enjoying the moment and the creation itsself.
Sometimes I get the urge to paint minis, but honestly, it's not very easy for me... I come home late and at the weekends it's family time and not "dissappear into the studio" time ;)

Anyway - It's a part of me that I hold dear and I am sure there will come other times.
I want to move certain things from the studio to my home so it's easier to do that "one hour of painting".

So much from my side :)

* I am now the Creative Director in a multi media company creating mostly video contents and digital signage communication strategies with my team for big retail clients.

The new studio will be bigger
to provide more space for teaching seminars. A good and healthy change.

MV Team Changes
We also have exciting news ahead of us as the active MV Team grows stronger soon. Stay tuned in!

MV Challenge 2018 - Penguin Entries

by Roman aka jar

- Create and tell a story with penguins
- You are allowed to tell whatever story you want in creating small, big, wild or calm dioramas and small scenes. Your imagination is the only limit. Go crazy, go melancholic, go wild, go abstract, go beautiful in your creation.
- You are not limited in the size or shape of your base and can basicly do whatever you like, if there is at least one penguin included. You can add other figures to your scene.
-You can use every penguin sculpt you want or even sculpt your own. If you want to support a good cause head over to Mr. Lee's Minis, grab a handful of Emporer Penguins and help us support


Allright ladies and gentlemen,
we are proud to present you the entries for the MV Challenge 2018, challenge part #01:

We want to thank everyone
for taking part and creating beautiful entries. They are all so beautiful!

Let's go! We will show one photo of every entry here in the jungle and in the end link up the full gallery with all photos! There is no particular order in the sequence we show the entries to you now, judging is not done yet, of course:







 #06 (out of competition: came in too late)






#12 (asked for bigger photos, pending)


(I missed the email, sorry again)


Kosma (I missed the email, sorry again)



These are all entries for the Penguin Challenge. Thanks again to everyone who participated.
You can find the full gallery here!

Or try this one:

Next week we will present the Marie Fleur entries.

Stay tuned!

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