National Geographic and Photo Ark Photographer Joel Satore said there are only two times a day to take pictures outdoors: the morning and the evening. Artists refer to when the sun is low in the sky, casting golden tones across landscapes, as the "magic hour." This calendar is a series of illustrated scenes of our family adventures and imaginative depictions of real places we love spending time in Montana. I hope you enjoy these scenes of natural beauty and magical wonder. May you and yours have many golden hours in 2024!
I’m very excited about today’s guest. It has been difficult to book guests during the pandemic. We got our first one! (canned applause) Yeah. Safety and remote working for us is and has been a priority the past four years of digital isolation. Anyway, he is the founder of Best of the NW an online resource to help you and your family get offline.
“WHAT A TREAT! We have a special virtual storytime guest!
Join Bryan Schaeffer and his daughter, Torrey, in this video as he reads portions from his new book, Montana Treasures. This book is full of beautiful illustrations (as coloring pages) and lyrical descriptions that allow children to discover a wide variety of southwestern and western Montana's best destinations for hiking, biking, skiing, climbing, fishing, and canoeing!
Stop by the Library for free coloring sheets from his book! Enjoy!”
DISCOVER MONTANA TREASURES | Now available at Bangtail Bikes
Most coloring books are merely filled with cartoons, but Discover Montana Treasures: Bozeman & Beyond (Sintr, $15) is not most coloring books. The older the kids are, the more they will get out of it. That being said, even my four-year-old was inspired by the outdoor-recreation-themed imagery, as well as my spirited readings of the poems that accompany artist Bryan Schaeffer’s enticing illustrations. There is quite a bit of information packed into this little book, from hiking-great essentials to trail info to Montana history and tall tales. As an added perk, this is a “smart” coloring book with QR codes on each page that can be scanned with a device camera to learn more about the artist and illustrations.
Article from Bryan's interview with Outside Bozeman about using illustration and animation to promote healthy active families and outdoor stewardship.
Thank you to Outside Bozeman Magazine for the article in the latest Spring edition!
Read the article “Sintering Imagination” in the Inside Bozeman section.
For Outlaw Partners Explore Big Sky Hiking Guide. Printed guide in summer edition of Explore Big Sky newspaper featuring the best local hiking trails around Big Sky, Montana.
Bryan Schaeffer has been busy bringing outdoor scenes to life with his new venture; Drawn to Animate. His slogan is - Rendering memories with real people and places in our collective big backyard.
I was honored when Bryan animated my daughter, which I used the picture for this episode! Check out his hard work and find out what he's up to in our discussion.
If you have kids who want a color page of this picture, please send me an email email@example.com
Bryan was born and raised in Montana and growing up was always curious about what may be lurking around the next switchback, mountain pass or pitch. As an adult he continues to explore Southwest Montana's wild places with his family and friends. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington state with a BFA degree in graphic design.
Bryan owns the award-winning creative studio SINTR®, based in Bozeman where he lives with his wife and three daughters. Along with his family and an-eager-to-adventure golden doodle, he enjoys recreating on Montana's public lands.
Bryan as line art