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Björn Eek
Artist | Traditional Art
current resident: Uppland , Sweden


Many of the paintings are for sale.
Ask for prints.



I don't mind if you criticize my paintings.

if you have questions feel free to ask me


I don’t put too much thought behind my paintings. What I do instead is to paint what I feel for. I want to go beyond what I can understand. Besides, I think that words are the wrong way to express my perspective on my art. Words create too many theories and concepts.


Gray Crow
A commission I made for a lady, who like crows.
Morning mist over the town
 This painting is a commission to a woman who wanted to give her boyfriend a painting with a construction crane. The two birds symbolizing her and the boyfriend.
Some questions from different interviews.

1. Is there a story behind your deviantART name?   
Tistelmark means where the thistles grow in Swedish.  I choose this name because thistles symbolize for me the wilderness, which  the society and the traditions (the culture) can´t control.
For me it is important to have a critical attitude to my own culture. It takes more courage to be critical of your own culture than other cultures, because we are part of it . I believe that creativity is born out of independence from cultural patterns and traditions. A will to create.. I also believe it is important to question your own opinions.

2.  Do you draw from imagination or from life?
I create most pictures from my imagination. When I paint trees and landscapes, I have neither a photo nor a scenery for inspiration. Maybe people like my trees because I paint them directly from my mind.

3.  Do you favor one art medium over another? Why?
I like watercolor because I've learned to control the technique better than other techniques. It is possible both to create more uncontrolled with the technique "wet on wet" in  watercolor technique, while it is also possible to create details with "wet on dry" watercolor technique. And I like the contrast between "wet on dry"  techniques and "wet on wet" technique. Unfortunately I feel that my paintings are to much "wet on dry" and too little "wet on wet". With other words, I would like to paint more uncontrolled.

4. What inspired you to draw and paint?
I want to find the ultimate feeling in the creation of my art, with every stroke of the brush and with  every movement of the pencil. For me it is also inspiring to do something to the best of my ability and to push myself to the limit, instead of following routine

5. Who inspired you into drawing/painting?
My mother, we painted together when I was little.

6. What's more important, content or technique?
I put more emphasis on motives than technique in comparison with many other watercolor painters in Sweden. The most important thing is to express something when you paint which you can do both with technique and motives.

7. Do you have any special tips or "secrets" you can share with other ?
Create emptiness in your life, do not sit in front of television, computer, or mobile screens all the time, even a too frequent use of Devianart destroys your creativity. Create what you feel is right, not what you think the environment wants you to create.

8. Can you possibly share with me the technique that you used for this? How you went about painting with the watercolors, and the process in general?
Hi Jayden
How I do:
* I usually start with a weak drawing. I use graphite pencils, it is different for different paintings.
* I paint the foreground on dry paper and the background on half wet or dry paper.
* It is very important that you always use a variety of shades of color that you mix up. I often tone down the colors in some part of my paintings.
* I Work always very slow with thin layers of color.
* I use extreme small brushes.
* My deep fascination for trees have helped me to paint them. This allows me to paint trees directly from my head, and it gives the trees more feeling than trees which are painted from photographs.

9. which is your favorite quote?

"Art is the most intense form of individualism that the world knows.”   Oscar Wilde

For me art is individuality, not the capitalist consumer society we live in.

Journal History


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Reraartist Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
So wonderful tender trees!!!! *o*
SootheNoo1959 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the faves, Björn! Much appreciated! :happybounce: :hug:
Misantropisk Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant
Fan, vilken bra konst du gör. Kommer definitivt att ge dig en follow. :) 
Tistelmark Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Traditional Artist
Man tackar , målar du något själv?
Misantropisk Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant
Ja, jag har precis börjat att måla traditionellt. Förr i tiden så målade jag enbart med photoshop, men nu har jag bytt tillbaka till traditionell konst igen, bara för att jag gillar utseendet mycket mera också. 
Tistelmark Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Traditional Artist
Jag tycker om att ha original målningar det lite därför jag aldrig har satsat på digitalt måleri
Lethal-Woman Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
Hello I want to personally thank you for joining my group I am happy to have you as a member and hope that you will enjoy being a part of this group. Welcome!
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Edited Mar 8, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you for accepting me and my crow.
wiwaldi24 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the +fav .:D (Big Grin) 
TwoSidesview Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your work, each image looks almost like a fungus in how it flows, veins growing all across the pieces. Fantastic =D
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much 😊
TwoSidesview Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! =D

jhps Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the +fav ! Thanks for everything!
pankreas67 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016
best treesss EVER 
Heart Love 
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016   Traditional Artist
GraphicJana Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much
lazy-brush Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hello, Björn Eek!
You have a very interesting and unusual gallery! I really like your trees and your style. You have a very good imagination and I like how you use color :) (Smile) 
Wish you inspiration! Keep up the good work! Clap 
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
richardcgreen Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS for the invite to 'speak' Swedish...problem is: WRITING as we all do here,
is far different than speaking. I need to be around a whole kitchen of Swedes who KNOW
NO ENGLISH....then I'll learn Swedish. I'm writing here to preserve your wonderful
response which I will get to the link. Just have to stay away from the computer
as much as possible..and keep moving. Doctor's orders: Arthritis...TACK...

RichardClap Nod Love 
WildWanderinGirl Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Such amazing work here! I thought I knew trees, but now...I find that yours are entirely different species. Never seen any like these before but I love all of them!!
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016   Traditional Artist
thank you so much .
WildWanderinGirl Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're more than welcome! Such beautiful work!!
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
:) I've always liked nature. And I also like to express myself through organic forms. I want to create my own trees instead of making classical landscape paintings.
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