Alla prima means "All at once" or something like that. Anyway, alla prima painting is to do a painting from start to finish in about 2 or 3 hours. Number 4 monkey was doing a lot of reading lately and so I thought I would make use of her stillness and paint her. All at once, right now, hold still. I did this today in about two hours. It is not perfect but it sure was fun. I also found out that it is hard to photograph wet sloppy paint. It is too shiny and reflective. This painting is small, 12x16. That way I can easily frame it. I think #4 likes having a painting done in 2 hours. I know #5 is still waiting for hers and it has been 2 1/2 years.