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Monday, December 23, 2013

Painting Buddha Adventskalender - Doors 18-21!

21 Doors of Hoopy Holidays open!
Winning chances until January 5th!

It is done. Or is it?

Tile for Day 18. Look closely!
21 Days of Hoopy Holidays are over. What started as a simple idea ("Hey, let's do a Hoopy Calendar with 21 doors) turned into one of the most time-consuming projects we have done in the last year. And one of the most fun ones!

We always say "We are working only for you, the community!" and of course, a lot of companies say that. We just mean it. And we live it.

So before we finalize our giveaway and with the year closing, I think it's a good time to slow down, reflect and think.

A few personal words

The last year was probably one of the best years of my life. A dream that I held for 14 years and that started right on time - on my 42nd birthday - came true. The first year has passed and we have gotten pretty far. For that we are thankful and we can only say: we are merely at the beginning of something big! 

Ooooh! Tile 19 reveals a lot!
I have always worked hard and given it all when it came to things that I truly believe in. I have never before worked so hard for anything in my life as I have for starting Painting Buddha. The year went by so fast and sometimes I was too busy or too tired to talk to the people that I wanted to talk to, to thank the people I should thank or to even to live up to my own high standards 100% of the time. But I always tried - and wherever I failed, I know that I can and will do better in the future.

I always knew that 'I' would never be able to do it alone. Good thing I didn't have to! 

Mati & Ben
Tile for Day 20 - 1 left!

I want to thank Mati and Ben for believing in my dream, for joining me in creating a company that promotes our hobby with the goal of working for the community exclusively. It has been an awesome first year - and all credit goes to these two. Without them, Paintingbuddha is nothing but a crazy idea in some bald but bearded head. I would also want to include Mati's and Ben's families for supporting them in their decision to 'give this a try'. 

Words are not enough to thank these guys - but I know that they know. Because they are awesome!

Friends & Family
21: OH! There's a lady in the puzzle! Thanks, Santa!

I would also like to thank my family for supporting me with my crazy dream and I would like thank all of the many new friends I was able to make during this past year. I've been in contact with many, many of you eversince we met somewhere on this planet. And I can't wait to meet you all again in 2014. 

At the same time I have to apologize to many of my 'older' friends for not being there for them as much as I would have liked to. Even though I often did not have the time to contact you, I have always thought about you. You are a big part of the reason why I have arrived where I am today - and I could not be more thankful for anything.


Shout-out to our partners

Season 1.1: Target Identified
Pre-order now: Season 1.2 & 1.3!
"Early BEARD special!" :D
Last but not least, I would like to thank all of our partners that worked with us over the last year. We were lucky to find the right partners that could deliver the quality of product that we wanted to create for you. 
Our partners have patiently helped us taking the first steps towards what we plan to be a new era for our hobby. We have just taken the first few small steps, but we have a road-map that extends far beyond what even we can see on the horizon. 

The more support we get from the community, the faster we will be able to find out what's behind that horizon. So thank you all for your continued support, for SHARING & ENJOYING our hobby with your friends :) 

21 puzzle tiles & key-phrase

The 21 puzzle tiles are part of the artwork for "Season 2.1: PAYDAY". Our current plan is to release season 2.1 at the end of April. Chris Octive from the UK and Matt Cexwish are our painters for this DVD set. And one of the key focus areas of this DVD is 'contrast'. Yes, that's the one everyone tells you that you need more of :D

We hope you enjoyed assembling the puzzle - and as you now, it also gave you the solution to the secret key-phrase (those letters are only visible in the videos!)...

And here are the latest videos:

Door #18 - Door #19 - Door #20 and Door #21:

Door #21 - the Advent Kalender is open!


The Ultimate Grand Prize is a three day workshop for you at PB HQ in Berlin. You may bring a friend, if you like. In addition to three days of fun-pact activities and mad ninja skills, you will receive a 210€ CASH PRIZE which you can either apply to your travel expenses (sorry, not included) or spend at our Sponsor for "Season 1.3: Base-Alchemy 1", Battlefield Berlin!

Send us your completed keyphrase to this email address to enter! We'd also love to hear your comments, questions, suggestions and ideas in this mail!

Don't press this button!

If you enjoyed what we did over the last year and if you would like to help us turn on the 'Improbability Drive' to allow us to get to our 'bigger goals' faster, we would not mind if you pressed the following button just once! Any donation will be appreciated and be used 100% for community projects - that means it comes back to you!

100% of your donations will go
towards community projects!

"Hoopy Holidays & a Hoopy New Year!" from Ben, Mati and myself



  1. do i see faces in the rust or is that just me?

  2. Gorgeous! I have had a lot of fun with this. Hoppy holydays guys!

  3. Shared and enjoyed!

    And also Merry Christmas and a happy new year from all of the - team.

    Happy Holidays :)

  5. Shared & Enjoyed. Thanks for the nice Q&A. I wish you all a merry christmas and ALL the best for 2014

  6. Hey guys,
    this damn easter egg won't let me go. You said it is in the Red Button and there is a relation to its blinking code and it is not bad to "forget about letters. Do you mean we SHOULD forget them or NOT? I really don't get it...
    Maybe the question is WHY am I not supposed to push the button? Or is there a reflection in the button revealing some teaser or soonTM^^?
    To continue, the button is positioned on the right hand of the Buddha-Picture? What does he hold in his hand? Is the blinking of the button the lauging of the holy Painting Buddha? Really this easter-egg-action is making me go nuts...*KAWOOOSH*

    Best regards,

  7. Oh my, I cannot stop thinking about this puzzle...
    I looked very very closely at the button now ^^ Why is there an orange square on the right hand side of the button??? Is it a result of the making process? Who painted blue over the buddha? Or ist it just weathering?
    This big red button-It hunts me in my dreams! Please tell us what the easter-egg is. How often does it blink? Is it a secret code? Or is the secret in the artwork? What does the reflection on the button reveal? The new season? The ney HQ?

    Thanx guys for the desorientation^^ Back 2 Work now 4 Me
    Best regards,

  8. By the way, whats the diameter of the button??? Let me guess 42 cm? ^^

    1. heheheh :)

      "Forget about letters" --> What is left, after all letters have gone? What is one of the universal languages? Does it need words?

  9. Oh my, THE ONE universal language is Love and trust...Shall I push the red button and trust the universe? I will do so....*bzzzzzzzzz* Button under power??? o_O
    Or does the red Button symbolize the heart of Painting Buddha itself, which is always beating faster and so fascinated about the upcoming questions and answers?

    At the moment we are waiting for the big wave of patients this evening here in hospital. The first one is on his way...Let's hope the best.
    I wish you all the best for 2014!!! As the most important thing on earth is health- "Don't drink and drive - Just use the improbability drive - It will take you where you would have never wanted to go..." ^^

    Best regards,


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