Abstract Composition 1 - Loosen Up and Paint with Karla Duterloo

Composition and abstract painting with collage

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Create Arts Online is thrilled to present award winning fine artist Karla Duterloo and her online course "Abstract Composition 1: Loosen Up and Paint." In this course Karla teaches and emphasizes how important it is to “let go” and “loosen up” while creating her techniques of abstract painting.

Creating vibrant and colorful paintings does not require years of training. More importantly one needs to find the artistic talent that is already inside of them. “Letting go” is the main lesson of this course. We realize you may not need an online course to learn to "let go" but once you participate you will want to arm yourself with a few important time tested techniques. Karla comes in to demonstrate (in real time) how she uses ripped up newspaper, colorful paints, and other paper to create a variety of compositions that are easy to design.

In this course you will learn how to create a proper composition, how to make a collage with ripped up newspaper, and how to paint with vibrant acrylic paints, crayons, and other mark-making pens and tools.

This course is so full of information, demonstrations, tips, techniques, and Karla's amazing teaching style. Scroll below to see the full curriculum of what Karla is teaching and demonstrating and then click the promotional video to see what new abstract composition painting styles you could learn!

There is a full PDF of all the tools, materials, and resources available with the course purchase.



Your Instructor


Karla Duterloo
Karla Duterloo

Karla Duterloo is an award winning artist with years of experience in the field of mosaic. Her expertise as a mosaic artist has allowed her to develop a truly authentic and unique style. This is particularly recognizable in her series of Nguni and other wild animal heads (buck, kudu, deer and buffalo). She has sold her animal heads to both local and international art collectors from over 20 different countries. Beyond the obvious beauty of each individual animal head (as not one is the same) there lies a deeper value within the collection as a whole.

Upon moving to South Africa Karla quickly realized the threat to the countries dwindling wildlife numbers. Her collection of animal heads serves as a vehicle to spark dialogue about this issue. Keeping the work connected to the land she incorporates a variety of locally sourced items such as different beads and beadwork seen throughout the collection. This led her to collaborate with local crafts men who shared their insight about traditional colours and the history of beading within African culture and craft.

The driving force behind Karla's work is her love and passion for all things colour.

She has a series of small 20 by 20 (cm) mosaics that play with colour and form.

Beyond mosaic, she is also a skilled abstract painter and as of recently has been experimenting with a body of work that seamlessly merges the artistry of mosaic and abstract painting together as a cohesive whole.

Her latest is a series of beadwork mosaics of bird-eye-view seascapes.

As an artist she is constantly striving for that innovative edge that keeps her art modern, relevant and dynamic whilst always staying true to her own style.

Karla initiated and organised 2 successful global Mosaic Charity Projects, (London 2012 and Nepal 2013) and has been working on a Charity MosaicArt Project in a children hospital in Cape Town.

Karla her work is featured in the various international mosaic books.

Previous exhibitions in the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and South Africa.

Her work is held in private and corporate collections in over 20 countries.


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