Nadia Turner

she spoke a green language...Nadia Turner

When I am asked about the spirit of the rainforest where we live, the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest that surrounds our home, I find it so hard to describe. It is very Australian and yet feels like a portal into another world ::: sometimes very Celtic ::: ancient ::: futuristic ::: mythic ::: Otherwordly.  This is a beautiful new piece called 'She spoke a green language' by local forest artisan, Nadia Turner. Thank you Nadia for drawing these beautiful beings that are the essence of the forest.  I love that Nadia paints the spirit in a way that words cannot.

Nadia can be found at and you can purchase prints of Nadia's illustrations and paintings here.

The Seed Keeper by Nadia Turner

I was so happy to wake in the cold, green forest after returning from travelling to my sun sisters in Queensland last night. Thank you to all of the amazing women who came to unbind their wisdom in Swan Blessing on Mt Tamborine. What a beautiful journey of connection and weaving of new friendships. And what a joy to return to my home in the green - from 35 degrees to 10 degrees - Australia is indeed made of many countries.
And I awoke to see this new illustration, The Seed Keeper, by our friend and forest neighbour, Nadia Turner. This is her entry in the Illustrators Australia annual exhibition and you can view and bid on this and other artworks here:
Today I feel like the seed keeper, I will share more soon of the amazing dolls and medicine birthed on magic Mt Tamborine but today I will rest and hold the seed of return.

New Moon Blessings - Live in Your True Inheritance

A5 Print - Symbiosis
Symbiosis  - Spirits of Earth and Sky
by wonderful artist and our forest neighbour, Nadia Turner
“In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.”
“What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.”
“To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.
“You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.”
“Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?”
“Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the waiting desk?”
~David Whyte

This Charming Man - Fire King by Nadia Turner

This charming man is ‘Fire King’ by the wonderful Melbourne illustrator, Nadia Turner ( Thanks to Nadia’s warm generosity, he has pride of place on our Summer Courses poster. We have chosen the Fox as our animal totem for 2012 - a deeply intuitive creature so beloved to us. 

If you would like to have your very own print of Fire King,  Nadia has informed me that she has just a few of these prints left. The fine art prints of Fire King are absolutely stunning - just looking into his deep & wise eyes is a daily inspiration. I love him & I know you will too. 

New Moon New Year Water Dragon

Hello beautiful people! Tonight we stepped through the threshold of the New Moon in Aquarius in the year of the Water Dragon - can you feel how light and flowing the energy just became?! This is the year of the Artist and if you'd like to read more about this and Neptunian wave of 2012, I have just written on this in the New Year New Moon Newsletter coming out tomorrow to all of our subscribers. Look out for beautiful artwork by Nadia Turner & Alex Gross. If you wish to receive a copy, please join our mailing list or you can email us at

Oceans of love,

Julia & Tony

Litha! Summer Solstice Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

please enjoy! In this season's newsletter we discuss the healing power of mythology & story, Valkyries and the incredible artwork of Melbourne Illustrator, Nadia Turner. Congratulations Amanda Adey on winning the Solstice subscriber giveaway of the Llewellyn Tarot Box Set! Enjoy the Litha Full Lunar Eclipse tonight and see you all in the New Year - stay inspired!

Much love,

Julia & Tony

The Mythic Tribes and Wondrous Hands of Illustrator: Nadia Turner

Druantia and Ava

When I first saw the beautiful drawing of ‘Druantia and Ava,’ I was stopped in my tracks. I had heard about the druid goddess Druantia but had never seen her ‘made flesh’. I love it when an artist can make a story real for you & how wonderful to discover that the talented illustrator, Nadia Turner, lives right here in Melbourne. 

Fire King
'I have been drawing and creating for pretty much as long as I can remember, always very happy to just sit with pencil and paper in my hand. When asked when I was a child what I wanted to do when I grew up it was always ‘I want to be an artist!”  So I’m very grateful that’s how it’s turned out.

I don’t think I really realized until I started studying illustration that I’ve always been an ‘illustrator’ in that it was always the story and narrative that I was interested in. Of course it’s the characters themselves that make these stories enticing. As a kid I was always to be found drawing pictures of characters from fairytales – Cinderella, the little mermaid, sleeping beauty (most definitely influenced by Disney like so many other little girls!) And I still adore fairytales and stories for children – much more likely to find me in the kid’s realm of the bookstore than the adult section!  I was, and still am, fascinated by the exotic and otherworldly and I love costume and how what someone wears can tell a story in itself.

Mythology and magic have been a constant source of inspiration but most especially I’m intrigued by this idea of urban fantasy-that magic is only a step away, just a footstep through the veil and into the spirit world - a couple of my favourite authors like Charles de Lint and Neil Gaiman explore this idea a lot in their books – this notion that the gods and creatures from mythology could be walking around with us, even perhaps in everyday, human form.  And those creatures of fantasy don’t just exist in fantastical otherworlds but also in our own, just out of sight, glimpsed in the corner of our eye or just around that corner....
Wind and Sea

"He was conscious of any number of bodachs and spirits, shadowmen and border folk, faerie and ghosts, all going about their business. They were under the trees behind him and up in the boughs of those same oaks. They wandered along the streets, keeping to the shadows. They slept in gardens, poked through dumpsters. They scurried about in the sewers and alleyways, crept along rooftops or along windowsills, peering into people's apartments".

- Charles de Lint, excerpt from "Spirits in the Wires"

After all these myths and legends must come from some central truth far back in history, surely?!

I love that sense of mystery – when you see a fascinating looking person walk by in the street or find an amazing old forgotten sepia photograph – I love to wonder about who these people really are, what their story is – maybe old trickster coyote is running around in human form or that woman wandering through the spring markets is really Kore ....come back from the underworld for a while to remember what it’s like to be among humans again....

So that’s an idea I like to explore in my art. Often I don’t start a painting or a sketch with an idea of what or who it is I’m about to draw, the title or meaning often comes to me afterward.  While it might be loosely based on a myth or a character from a story, I don’t want this to be set in stone. The story is up to the viewer to imagine.  Often all I know is a name and not necessarily a story to go with the face.... After all, personally I believe that good art should strike a chord with the viewer and you shouldn’t have to know the full story of what and how and when it was created in order to understand it or ‘get’ something out of it.

I just hope my art entices people to use their imaginations and helps them to remember that the world can be a magical place!
To look more at Nadia’s illustrations & creations (and you really must) please go to: You can also purchase original drawings and hand-painted oak brooches from Nadia’s shop. Thank you so much for sharing Nadia.