A behind the scenes look into CoCo Zentner’s latest series, inspired by joyful memories of her time in Italy.
What destinations are on your travel bucket list? Having postponed a dream trip to Paris & Giverny (where many of Monet’s paintings were heavily influenced), I have a serious case of the travel bug itching to be cured. It’s no secret that the entire world has spent the past year aching for travel & leisure, so I won’t harp on the difficulties we’ve all faced. However, as an artist who is heavily influenced by adventuring to new cities & infusing myself within other cultures, finding inspiration throughout this past year was quite challenging from a creative perspective. Nonetheless, the solitude brought on by 2020 caused me to do a lot of reflection from past trips and has served to be a large inspiration for my upcoming collection, which I am giving you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into!
After a crucial closet clean out, I stumbled across my college journal written during a summer spent studying abroad in Italy. It was filled with ticket stubs to museums and mementos from long dinners consuming a little too much wine & delicious food. Pictures taped to each page jogged my memory of how breathtaking the scenery was and as I began reminiscing on my younger, carefree days, a whirlwind of emotions flooded throughout me. I knew I had to put pen to paper (or in my case, paint to canvas) and create a series inspired by my fond memories of traveling to such vividly beautiful places.
While each painting was inspired by an experience of mine, the looseness & unknowingness of the exact location is intentional. I specifically chose colors & compositions intended to transport the viewer to a time and place that has brought them joy. Hopefully, the bright lemon yellow depicted in street scenes or the interpretation of sage green waves brings you to a place you yearn to go to or once visited. Pictures of yearly trips to San Miguel taken with best friends and a backpacking excursion I took with my husband have lined the walls of my studio over the past few months as I unpacked my feelings onto the canvas. These little keepsakes have been displayed on a board next to my easel, continuing to remind me of such fond recollections, now made into paintings that are near & dear to my heart.
Each mixed media painting is layered with acrylic, oil paint, pastel, and charcoal creating much texture and gives off a traditional with a twist impression. Ranging in sizes from 5” x 7” to 48” x 36” in a variety of color palettes, there is a painting for every space & person. Spoil your mom, spouse, or self this May with the perfect sentimental gift of a trip you once took together or a place you hope to visit down the road.
This robust collection is now available exclusively on my website, & because you’re a loyal
follower of The Traditional List, I am offering free shipping for the first time with code:
landscapelover (offer expires April 30, 2021). We all know shipping, especially fine art, can be
significant, so be sure to snag a piece before it’s too late! I have loved showing a glimpse of my studio space and behind the brush with you. I hope that these pieces transport you to a time of joy & happiness and represent the many brighter days.
***This body of work will be exclusively available on my website for VIP Studio Insiders at
10am CST (passcode will be emailed to insiders) and doors open to the public to access & shop
at Noon CST.