CC April Challenge: Old and New

The Challenge for May is Spring
However,  you must dive into that stash of “must haves” you bought, got or were given all those months, or years, ago. You know you have them. The pastels you thought you’d try. That sample set you were going to experiment with. That Polaroid you found at a flea market. Or, did you discover after a recent clean out that you are the proud owner of three large tubes of quinacridone magenta? Use them. No excuses. If you write, finish that story! Be creative and, in the spirit of Spring and with the possibility of better times ahead, have fun and be thankful that you can.

by Susan Latreille Here is my contribution for the April CC Challenge. This a collage I put together of an old photo of a relatively new me with a new photo of a relatively old me.

Old & New Me
Susan Latreille
Photo montage

by Lynne Ayers I decided on photography for this challenge. 

“Old and New”” is a capture of changing times with little manipulation, just some enhancements.

Old and New
Lynne Ayers

For “Now and Then” I used Sagelight to enhance and alter an image I took in my living room using the window glass for reflection.

Now and Then
Lynne Ayers

“Lightning Strike” is a new image created from the old image on the left, using the zoom distort from Photoscape for the initial manipulation and then transferring to an old version of Photoshop Elements and the “liquify” distortion to pull the shapes and colours around. Pure play. 

Lightening Strike
Lynne Ayers

by Milo Smith We have an OLD recipe for seafood chowder.  Using CURRENT fresh ingredients and tender loving care we have NEW chowder. 

I photographed Yvonne applying her culinary skills then selected six images for the composite.  Starting with the pot and some vegetables (Yvonne says mirepoix), then including steps and more ingredients along the way. The chowder grew as ingredients were added.  Finally, we have Yvonne tasting her handiwork and declaring it delicious!

Seafood Chowder (Old to New Challenge)
Milo Smith
Digital photo composite

by Kerry Herwynen Mcintosh This month I actually spent time on the challenge. (Because I fell and have been unable to do any gardening) 🙂I really enjoyed the process and I’m happy with the results!
And, I have named it with an unbelievably clever poem🤣

One banana
Two bananas
Old banana
New bananas 
Kerry Herwynen McIntosh
Acrylic, watercolour & collage on canvas
8 x 10 inches

by Bud Thompson I see Tina working on these monthly challenges. She suggested I submit this water colour. I had seen a post on a Social Media site showing 40 years then and now and it gave me the idea to paint this. 

As a kid, my friends and I dreamt of how we would ride across Canada or the US on our motorcycles or cars when we got older. Well for the most part I still ride with a buddy from my youth, even though we live in different provinces. We always meet up at a crossroad and put on thousands of miles touring. In fact, I recently got in contact (through Social Media) with another buddy I have not seen in at least 35 years. He rides as well and If these Covid restrictions let up this summer, we plan on a ride up through Grand Bend on Lake Huron.

So, this painting is me “Chasing Myself”. The younger me is riding a 1968 Triumph Trophy 650 which I owned back then. The old man me is riding a 2017 Harley Davidson Street Glide Special, which I currently ride. The scenery is Devils Tower in Wyoming. A couple of buddies and myself (one of which is mentioned above) rode through that exact spot in 2017, as well as Montana and South Dakota.

Chasing Myself
Bud Thompson
Ink & Water Colour on Paper 
14 x 21 in.

by Tina Whitman The inspiration came from an old wartime photo of my Dad back in the 40’s, RCAF.
I placed my 90 yr old Dad with a new Ford beside his younger self.

Looking Back 70 Years
Tina Whitman
Acrylic on canvas
18 x 24 in.

Collectif members want to see your work! Send JPG images of work completed since March 2020 to with up to 100 words per image describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how you’re feeling more than a year into the Covid experience & how/if creativity helps. Give us informative, inspiring show & tell. Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt and try to include a suitable illustration of some sort. Thank you!


  1. WOW! Wonderful work everyone! I somehow missed this one due to being away a lot. Next time, I hope!


  2. This challenge just keeps on getting better and better.
    I love seeing the different interpretations on a theme and the creativity by all.
    Great job everyone !!


  3. Thanks again for all your work, it is so much fun to see everyone’s ideas.

    The next challenge for May will really get you started on something new.


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