Alla Prima Landscape Painting Demonstration with Peter Fiore By Lisa Wurster A focused alla prima technique, developed during Peter Fiore’s long career as a commercial illustrator, has become his forte and allows him usually to complete a painting in a day (the second day is for fine-tuning, and for a larger canvas, the process may take up to three days). Richard Schmid has advice and knowledge to inspire and guide any artist--whatever their level of expertise. Alla prima refers to a direct painting approach where paint is applied wet on wet without letting earlier layers dry. Alla Prima is an excellent read. If you want to paint alla prima all you need is to make sure you finish the painting you are working on before the paint dries – this could take one or more sittings, though purists will maintain one is plenty. As a matter of fact, if you can't read, the pictures alone are worth the price of the book. Translated directly from Italian, alla prima means ‘at once’ and it refers to the method of painting in one application and without retouching, otherwise known as ‘direct painting’. In Italian, the term alla prima means "at first attempt". The "alla prima" method, or "at first attempt", is a direct method of painting that is completed mostly in one sitting. Paintings created in this approach are usually completed within a single session.
In older days, quite a bit of planning went into it, but now a days, its more of a direct approach without prior planning involved.