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current resident: Stockholm area , Sweden


I don’t put too much thought behind my paintings. What I do instead is to paint what I feel from within, from a deeper level. 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.

It’s interesting how some people think my paintings are frightening and unsettling especially the painting “Life” and “Spiral”. However, I perceive this as something positive because that which is frightening is something that is unknown and that threatens the ego. We often feel excited by our fear and that is why we are attracted to it.


i don't mind if you criticize my paintings
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 can´t control.

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.

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.

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pseudozufall Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
2nd entry for liv's contest:painter: revision 
Welcome to Ink & Watercolor! Love 
we hope you enjoy it here Heart 
Tistelmark Featured By Owner 1 day ago
:) (Smile)
TanteAstrid Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Ditt galleri er fantastisk! :)
crowqueenuk Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing art. I love 'Life'.
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Thank you so much.
QueenAngie777 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesome art!
TriciaS Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
:iconmarchhareplz:Many thanks for the :+fav:Bjorn:wave:
Dianabolique Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
for adding "The Red Queen" to your collection!
touchofthesoul Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful art!
GersifGalsana Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you for the fave :wave:
Paivatar Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the faves (tackar!) :)
Pale-Fish Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great galery!!!:)
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Thanks for the comment and for the watch.
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional
Whoa, what an amazing works you have here! Big watch! :)
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Big thank you
Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional
Most welcome :)
wesleyharmon Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
dude. holy crap. you are an incredible artist. 
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Thanks, I like your paintings.
wesleyharmon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks man! And thanks for all the favs, I appreciate it a ton!
LoByteSo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello Tistelmark, :wave:

We are proud to have you as a member in our FineArtGroup.
Enjoy a collection of beautiful pictures and share your own art with us.
We hope you will have a great time with our group. :-)
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Thank you so much
Levitating-Elephant Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the +fav!!
alonsocedillo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014   Artist
thank you so much for the fav mate.
marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy new year Bjorn.
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Happy new year Marc.

I'm really sorry for the "exquisite corpse"
Do you still want to do it?
I want , and I promise to do it.
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