Sunday, September 8, 2013

{Blog Tour} Guest Post with Daisy Whitney: 5 Favorite Works of Art

Today on Stories & Sweeties, I'm pleased to welcome Daisy Whitney!  Her new release from Bloomsbury, STARRY NIGHTS, features romance and curses and priceless works of art. Doesn't that sound fabulous??

Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.

The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can't help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world's greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they've ever known.

Like a master painter herself, Daisy Whitney brings inordinate talent and ingenuity to this romantic, suspenseful, and sophisticated new novel. A beautifully decorated package makes it a must-own in print.

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In keeping with the art theme of the book, I asked Daisy to share with us her own 5 favorite works of art! Here's what she had to say:

Oh, but to choose five favorite works of art is so difficult! There are so many I adore and cherish!
Nevertheless, I shall attempt the near impossible.

1. Starry Night over the Rhone by Van Gogh: There’s a reason I chose this piece of art for the title. It’s such a gorgeous work with deep blue and gold and colors that invite dreams and imagination. It hangs in the Musee d’Orsay and is my absolute favorite.

2. Nighthawks by Edward Hopper at the Art Institute of Chicago. Three lonely people in a diner at night - this work is the perfect depiction of loneliness and togetherness at the same time.

3. Any of Monet’s Japanese Bridges. I could gaze upon these works for hours. The play of light, the way each image looks a bit different from the others, the feel of the colors, and most of the all the way the work transports you to Monet’s Gardens.

4. Francesco Hayez, The Kiss - Le Sigh. Such a gorgeous, passionate depiction of kissing. I love the folds on the woman’s dress too.

5. Any Dutch still life of flowers, vases, goblets, lemons or oysters - Many of the Dutch masters from the 17th century created gorgeous still lifes - they are so richly detailed they look like photos.

photo credits: all artworks found at

Gorgeous! Thank you, Daisy, for sharing these beautiful pieces with us!  

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  1. Oh fun. These are all cool. You're so right about the diner one.

  2. I really love Starry Night over Rhone! It kind of has magical feel to it. Number 3 is really cool too and the last one is so detailed, you actually could mistake it for a photo on first sight!

  3. You know, we used to have a replica of Starry Night in our dining room when I was growing up. I was always so very mesmerized by that painting - and I still am to this day. Thanks so much for sharing this, Becky and Daisy!

  4. I love the concept of this book. It sounds magical. I'm a big fan of Monet. The work seems like it's moving and there's something incredible about that.