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Artist | Traditional Art
current resident: Uppland , Sweden


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.


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 (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 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.

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.

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Ambchards Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member
Hey, nice gallery. I found you through a featuring in a journal and I'm glad a I did. 
Tistelmark Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment and for the watch.
richardcgreen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! Björn, THANKS for the WATCH. Always nice to know another Swede.
Practically all my ancestors are Swedish, except for my dad's father, who was
British Canadian. Wish I could speak and write just a little bit of Swedish, but
it's a tough language. And how I love language. Good luck with your watercolors.
I don't think too much about it either...letting the paint do the heavy lifting!

Best of luck...Richard
PS my name Green is adoptive...should be Jennings ~ My dad's father was adopted
by the Green family in Duluth Minnesota, after both his parents died of typhoid.
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Hi Richard, your paintings are so VACKRA, You create your own world when you paint. You create mystique in your diffuse painting style.

Sweden is wonderful if you hate the sun, atleast this time of year. Some inspiration…; the funny thing is that the grammer is more complicated in reality than in the video.
richardcgreen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS for the LINK...very entertaining.
Now, will you please give me some English equivalent
to VACKRA. Beautiful word, indeed!!!

Have a nice day, Björn...
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
vackra = beautiful
everything he says in the video is true
have a nice day you too
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dreadfuldark Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, Björn! Thank you very much for the favorite! Have a good time. :)
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
It is well deserved. Change the name of "Den Vinter" to "Den Vintern". Swedish grammar is very complicated. Feel free to ask me about Swedish.
dreadfuldark Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Done! Thanks a lot, and thank you for offering me your help. I appreciate it. :)
robertnelson Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Thank you! I'm glad that you enjoyed According to robertnelson . You have some fantastic work! My particular favorites were "Fruit", " Black Pine", "Autumn Tree", and "Life". Your style caries through in all of the work that you show here.
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
It's a nice culture critical artwork you've done.

Thank you, there are not so many who like the Fruit.
samgreal Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks mate for the fave! :spidey:
ejohanne Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the watch and faves! :sun:
SheelaSingla Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014   General Artist
thanks for faving!
FeenoGraphie Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014   General Artist
your artwork is great and your thinking about it is what I believe in!
creativity comes directly out of heart! :heart:
Tistelmark Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
True, Thinking come from the mind or ego while unconditional love and creativity comes from the heart.Heart
thewolfcreek Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the fav...
IndianRain Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014   Photographer
thanks for the +fav :) (Smile)
pseudozufall Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  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 Oct 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
:) (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   Traditional Artist
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:
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