Nitty-Gritty Video™ Subscription

Nitty-Gritty Video™ Subscription

These are homespun videos (meaning they are not professionally produced) with a comfortably candid message. That's great news for you. It means I can tackle some nitty-gritty topics and release them to you quickly and at a very reasonable cost.
As a subscriber, you will be able to watch these videos over and over again. You will also gain exclusive access to Lori's private, Online Learning Atelier where you can be part of a community of others learning and growing from Lori, sharing ideas, trials, and triumphs. After subscribing, visit to request membership.
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Nitty-Gritty Video™ Subscription
  • Alla Prima Landscape

    Many of us want to paint all in one session or, "at the first" session. We love the freshness of it. Alla prima painting is just that. But it can be a mess if you do not know how to do it. Learn how to layer thin and thick passage of paint to produce more textured effects in the landscape.

  • In the Garden - Peonies and Salvia

    Join me in my garden as I paint whatever is blooming. This first installment I have chosen my white peonies. I am amazed by how much color there is in these beautiful blooms. Hear how I see the colors, mix the colors, and make choices through out the full-length demonstration.

  • Quick Tip: Painting Bare Trees

    Process... everyone asks about process. How do you paint this or that and in what order do you lay down the paint? Here's a little how-to idea for painting completely bare trees. It also works equally for sparse trees, wispy trees... you get the idea.

  • Painting Chaos: Part One

    Part one of two, Painting Chaos is a full-length demonstration of how to address some of nature's wildest scenes.
    There are many ways to start a painting. Most of what I teach involves massing in large shapes, usually light and shadow. But there is so much more out there to paint than just that. ...

  • Painting Chaos: Part Two

    Due to the length of this demonstration, portions of the video have been speeded. At the end of Part One, I had just used a brayer to creatively edit parts of the detail which did not suit me. See how it all plays out as you watch the last half of Painting Chaos.

  • Be Prepared: A Nitty-Gritty Minute

  • Lightest Panel on the Planet

    Here's a little demo for you, and a tip for lightening your load.

  • Putting People in Your Paintings: A Nitty-Gritty™ Minute

    Learn the basics of adding people to your paintings. Crowd scenes and people walking is easy once you follow three, very simple principles.

  • Using a White Balance Card: A Nitty-Gritty™ Minute

    There are many ways to shoot a perfectly color balanced photo using the settings on your camera. But sometimes you may need to make adjustments after the photo is taken. In this quick tip, you will learn how to do that using photo editing software such as Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or similar.

  • Paint Consistency

    In this 2-hour, complete demonstration, Lori Putnam shows you step-by-step one method for working alla prima (all-one-sitting). Working wet-on-wet, you will see how she works to apply paint at different consistencies. Discussion of brushes and tools is also a big part of the video. Watch Lori mix...

  • Using Tubed Secondary Colors

    Much of Lori's teaching involves a limited color palette of 3 colors and white. The next step to expanding your palette is for convenience. In this video, you will see the ease at which you can mix once you have added tubed, secondary colors. Lori also shows you what to watch for so you stay with...

  • Framing Your Paintings

  • Choosing Your Visual Statement

    Sometimes we see beautiful scenes, but have no idea how to sort out the shapes and get the feel of the moment. Knowing if the scene is best painted as light and shadow or some other means is called your Visual Statement. Learn how to choose the right visual statement to suit the needs of the scen...

  • Connecting Shapes a Nitty-Gritty Minute

  • Counting Sheep a Nitty-Gritty Minute

  • Intro to Oils Video

    This is one of Lori Putnam's live workshops. Learn the basics of oil painting. Using your own set-up, follow along as Lori introduces you to supplies, paint application, and terminology. Our special guest for this workshop was Michael Shane Neal. Shane spoke about his humble beginnings, answered ...

  • Introduction to Gouache

  • Painting Soft Light

    Every day is not always bright sunlight and shadow. Learning how to paint in different lighting situations opens up a whole new way to see the world around you and share it with others.

  • Staining Your Canvas for Impact

  • Time-lapse demonstration: Fontana di Trevi

  • Quick Tip: Sizing Elements

  • One Way to Use Cold Wax Medium

  • Painting the Portrait

    Whether you are new to portrait painting or needing some new ideas, this complete demonstration will guide you through some of the most important aspects of portrait painting.