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Cancan in the sky

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Funny how these ideas are inspired. We were talking at the morning tea table about nothing in particular, as you do, and the subject turned to Moulin Rouge (the musical). This kinda sunk in to my very strange mind and I started thinking about cancan dancers and a picture came to mind of how a sunset sometimes looks from the top of Mount Moturoa (a small hill with a lookout on top near my home), red sun reflecting off billowing clouds (red as in rouge, moulin well, not sure about the windmill, but I stumbled on a parallel with the Montmatre district (where the Moulin Rouge night club and of course Sacre Couer "church" are located)). Total contrast to west New Plymouth (New Zealand) of course. The billowing clouds like the cancan dancers' skirts and there you have it..
Of course the Moulin Rouge poster style paintings were actually Toulousse Lautrec, but the picture in my mind was very much more in the style of Claude Monet and his paintings of the ballerinas, with lot's of that wonderful impressionist colour splash around that they do.

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Cancan in the sky

Moulin Rouge in the sunset sky
 The clouds hold their skirts and kick high the cancan
 The hill where I stand
 As Montmatre
 And I in some small way
 Like Sacre-Coeur
 Look on affected by the scene
 Pierre August Renoir or Claude Monet
 Would paint this
 Were they able

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