I was looking through Vincent Van Gogh's art when I found a perfect example of inspiration.
In 1872 Ukiyo-e wood prints dating from 1860 c started arriving in Paris from Japan. They eventually fell into the hands of some French impressionist painters bring on a fire storm of inspiration.
Starting a trend in art called Japonisme (a French term for the influence of Japanese art on the west.) Here's how it affected Vincent Van Gogh.
When Vincent was alive he only sold one painting yet he kept painting, following his heart. He has a quote "I cannot help it that my pictures do not sell. Nevertheless, the time will come when people will see that they are worth more than the price of the paint." .... Now they sell for millions.
Blossoming Almond Tree 1890As an artist I know how hard and exciting it can be to paint what you believe in even if it doesn't sell, to follow your heart and your inspiration while gallery owners ask you for landscapes and try to keep you locked into a painting style. I think we can all take a lesson from Vincent.