Paint Your Palette Blue and Gray: Vincent Van Gogh, Don McLean, & The Starry Starry Night

CW: Discussion of Suicide/Self Harm 

Today Vincent Van Gogh is one of the world’s most revered artists, with one of his paintings selling in 1990 for $82.5 million.

But Vincent’s life was one of struggle… struggle to decide his career path, to perfect his painting techniques, to find love, to make a name for himself as an artist, and most of all, to feel in control of his mental health. 

In this very special episode, we experience Vincent Van Gogh as never before: through a field trip to the Van Gogh Exhibition: The Immersive Experience, research into his life and relationships, and insights shared first-hand by the legendary Don McLean, the award-winning singer and songwriter behind the song “Vincent,” known to many as “Starry, Starry Night.” 

Listen at or find the episode dropped in the comments below. This haunting tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, with a special audio message from Don McLean, is one you won’t want to miss. 

Special Thanks to Don McLean and Scott Sexton 

Learn more about Mr. McLean:

#VincentVanGogh #VanGoghExhibition #DonMcLean #StarryStarryNight #Vincent #AmericanPie 

Show Notes for Episode 70!

Photo Credits: Quick Facts:; Vincent van Gogh at age 19, 1873. Wikimedia Commons (public domain); His Brother – Left: Theo van Gogh, 1873. Wikimedia Commons (public domain).  Right: Theo van Gogh, aged 32. Photograph: Woodbury & Page, Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation); Vincent van Gogh Self-Portrait Painting Courtesy Musée d’Orsay via Wikimedia Commons; Sunflowers painting- Vincent Van Gogh Museum website; The Starry Night – Museum of Modern Art website; Don McLean Images – Courtesy of 2911 Media

The video Ashley watched that inspired her to try and contact Don McLean

Images from the Van Gogh Immersive Experience in Louisville, KY

Video from the Van Gogh Immersive Experience in Louisville, KY

A brief sample of the Immersive Experience

Images from the Biltmore Van Gogh Experience (for comparison)

Video of the Biltmore Van Gogh Experience

The Biltmore Van Gogh Experience

Bonus Images:

The painting Rebecca talks about within the episode. On the left is an image of Van Gogh’s original 1888 oil painting, and on the right is her (unfinished) attempt at duplicating his work. Below are more samples of Rebecca’s previous work.




Here is his resource page which includes photos, press releases as well including the world tour for the 50th Anniversary of American Pie.

Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on and in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- The Theatre Downstream- “The Why Not Philosophy”-

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