Saturday, October 31, 2020

You Completed the Caption

Anon 1: Only in the bedroom, Dear, I will have the treat you desire.

Anon 2: Come Halloween night dear I will have a broom you can ride but it will be thicker and the treat will be wonderful.

Rosco: Oh, how I want to be that broom! Hilda can ride me anywhere.

I’ll want to lick her tapioca as gently as possible to savor the flavor and prolong the pleasure. If she pushes hard against me, I may have to give a few sharps slaps to her ample bottom to slow her down - as if it will help with Hilda being the trollop she is.

Anon 3: When novice witch Hilda accidentally crashed her broom into the pumpkin patch, the head witch decided to punish the naughty miscreant by placing a spanking spell on her. On Halloween night, Hilda was compelled to visit the home of every eligible bachelor in the village, confess her naughty behavior, and ask that instead of giving her treats each gentleman should put her over his knee, bare her bottom, and give her a resounding spanking with the hairbrush she was carrying with her, which, thanks to the spell, all the men were more than happy do. At the end of the evening, a very sore and embarrassed Hilda reported to the head witch that she had learned her lesson, and vowed not to sit on a broom, or anything else, for quite some time.

Prefectdt: Hilda was very happy that she had got the model with the heated massage seat.

Chris: I May Ride a Broom ... But My Other is a Mercedes! 

Wendel: Hogwarts Nimbus 7000 Orgasmic Vibrating Broom!

Hermione: Bring that broom right beck, young lady, so I can spank you with it!

Those are all perfect for the occasion. Please stay for brunch, coming up next.

From Hermione's Heart

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Complete the Caption

Hallowe'en is almost here, and it's going to be very different this year. But our girl Hilda is determined to enjoy it, as you can see.

Complete the caption by leaving a comment, and I will treat you to the whole collection on Saturday.

From Hermione's Heart

Monday, October 26, 2020

Recap: Spanko Brunch 2.0 for October 25

Wet spankings -- love them or hate them? Let's hear what you have to say.

 Joe: One evening last winter we were driving thru a snow fall and chatting away, I don't remember what about now but a made a couple of off color jokes which upset T. We happened to be near the shore so she said since I had mentioned being spanked on the beach now was a good time since no one would be around. I knew she was not joking so I parked and we walked a short way to a secluded spot and I was told to hand her my belt drop my pants and grab my ankles. She started with her hand the first few where normal but as the cold and wetness gathered the stinging really increased. After a while she said her hand was starting to hurt and I heard the belt snap GULP. The spanks came fast and hard and hurt like hell, I could not help but cry out some but managed to take it all. When finished she told me to stand and my hands on my head which I did right away. Standing in the cold snow pants down and bottom I am sure very red and really sore I received one of the best hand jobs ever.

Jack: The worse was staying at my mother-in-law, I messed up, knew it, but was not spanked by my wife. It was the next morning, in the shower, she walked in, told me out of the shower, and doing as told, she said a good wet bottom spanking is what you need and to the bedroom we went. My mother-in-law was sitting, holding the bath brush, you show disrespect to my mother my wife said, she will give you the spanking. Nothing worse than being spanked by your mother-in-law unless it is a wet bottom spanking. 

Bonnie: I don't understand the physics behind it, but yes, wet spankings do seem to sting more. Part of it may have to do with the implements selected for such events. A solid wooden bath brush can deliver a particularly painful punishment.

This is not part of our regular repertoire, but wet spankings do happen at our house. 

Roz: I don't recall a wet bottom spanking, deliberate or otherwise.

Barrel: Our spankings and sessions are usually after we shower. Since we live in the SW desert where it is really dry, by the time the spanking begins, I’m always dry. So, nope. But maybe after a dip in the pool? Gotta think about that one.

 A.J.: I got out of the shower one morning, a quick dry-off with a towel. Then I wrapped the towel around me so I could dry hair and then shave. That's when she walked in on me and announced "Your turn!"

I had been spanking her for the past month or two and now she decided it was long past time that I got one! Had to do it. And I always knew this day was eventually going to come.

She took me into the bedroom, ripped the towel off me, and otk I went for my FIRST EVER spanking, so yeah - memorable.

So maybe not really "wet", but damp? Does that count?

I can't tell if it hurts more, but I have always heard others say it does. Could be, but I'd like to know the physics/physiology of why that is. Must be some physics of moisture between skin and palm. Anyone...?

 Ronnie: Not regular but, yes I have had wet spankings a couple of times and they were given with a wooden paddle. It is more painful. Well to me they were.

Prefectdt: Not really and I cannot think why not, I suppose that the opportunity has just never arisen. I do own a chamois leather flogger that I made, that can only be used when it is soaked in water but it sprays so much water everywhere that it has proven to be useless indoors. Perhaps one day I will get the chance to try a wet outdoor flogging with it, that's something to hope for.

Wendel: I poured ice water on the Misses' bare bottom once prior to spanking. She cried out louder than usual each time the paddle hit her bottom. She returned the favor a few days later. Felt like the skin on my bottom was coming off. Probably not something we would try again. 

Rosco: Well, yes. Mostly I played an “innocent” but really very purposeful role in setting them up. Not real spankings, but short playful ones.

I was a whitewater river guide. I’d have 6 or so paddlers in my raft. In between the rapids, we’d often be in the hot sun. People would jump off the raft into a still part of the river, but climbing back into the raft was a bit difficult - partly because they’d be wearing a life jacket.

Since I was the guide, I took the lead in pulling them into the raft. I’d lift them out of the water and onto the tube. There was discretion in how far to lift them, and whether to turn them so they’d be sitting or just leave them on their bellies with their bottoms in the air.

Very often, if there was an attractive woman and it seemed appropriate, I would lift her just far enough that her wet bottom would be straight up when I let go, and it was a bit of an awkward position so it would take a few moments to move. During these moments, her friends, male and female, would often take the opportunity to slap her bottom a few times.

I don’t know if they realized I was intentionally leaving the attractive women in those undignified positions. I never confessed. But if anyone was paying attention it may have been obvious.

Hermione: There's a spray bottle on Ron's dresser that he sometimes uses to signal that a spanking is over. Once, he used it on my bottom but before I could stand up, he paddled me some more. That hurt a lot!

That's all for this week. Stay safe!

From Hermione's Heart

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Spanko Brunch 2.0 #354

Welcome back, spanko buddies. I hope everyone is staying safe and wearing a mask. The weather here is cooling off, and frost has nipped the air on several occasions. We have had several days of rain that stopped us from doing any meaningful gardening, but it it did inspire today's topic.

Have you ever, either purposely or accidentally, experienced a spanking on a wet bottom? What differences did you notice? Is it something you do regularly?

Please leave your response as a comment below. Once everyone has had a chance to speak, I will publish an edited summary of our conversation.
From Hermione's Heart

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Save the Date

Once again it's almost time for the annual Love our Lurkers celebration. This year we will honour our silent readers on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21.

For those of you who are new to blogging, we bloggers set aside two days each year to encourage our silent readers to come out of the shadows and leave a comment. We all have readers who have never commented, and this is the time we gently encourage them to introduce themselves in some way.

If you are a blogger, all you have to do is put up a post on November 20 and/or 21 encouraging your readers—especially the silent ones—to leave a comment. I will have more details for you when we get closer to the event, and our good friend Enzo has prepared graphics for you to use, but in the meantime please spread the word to your readers. let's all try to make LoL 15 the best one yet!

From Hermione's Heart

Monday, October 19, 2020

Recap: Spanko Brunch 2.0 for October 18

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Spanko Brunch 2.0 #353

Welcome, dear readers, to our weekly discussion. These are stressful times indeed, so how are you coping?

What do you do to relieve stress? Is spanking a significant way to reduce your stress level? Are stress-relief spankings different from spankings given for other reasons? If so, how do they differ?

Please leave your response as a comment. Once everyone has contributed, I will publish an edited summary of our conversation.

From Hermione's Heart

Friday, October 16, 2020

Friday FAIL

I went to Walmart yesterday, and I was very careful to keep 2 metres (six feet) away from other shoppers.


Walmart is still scary!
From Hermione's Heart

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

From the Top Shelf - Modern Spankings

"Today we go old school." writes Rollin Hand. "When Will Henry wrote Modern Spanking, a compendium of 'authentic case histories', modern meant 1960, as opposed to the old fogeyism of the 1950’s. Well, you could fool me, because the attitudes expressed in these 'true accounts' could go back to the turn of the century. But who cares? These pseudo-stories are lurid and fun, and with erotic spanking lit, that’s all that really matters, right?"

This is one excerpt from that book.

Marilyn D. is a modern wife who has her young husband under her complete control. She is 27 and he is 25. A comely brunette, she knows how to use her feminine wiles to help keep him in line. In the following report, Marilyn describes her system:  

“Gradually, my young husband is learning to accept the idea that modern spankings are much better than nagging and scolding. I’ve always explained to him that a relatively quick spanking is much more sophisticated, effective and beneficial than arguments and the ensuing resentments. A delinquent hubby can profit a great deal from a warm spanking with its tingling reminder of misbehavior. Besides, a spanking clears the air promptly and then it’s time to make up.

“We have been married for over a year now. In this time he has learned that for each offense, I will insist upon correction. At first, of course, there was considerable opposition, but he has learned that a spanking is preferable to the nagging and scolding that will follow if he doesn’t submit. For the past few months, he has submitted meekly whenever I felt that discipline was necessary. Naturally, I have often told him how I appreciate his cooperative attitude, and have pointed out to him how much easier it really is if he simply accepts the idea that I am the boss.

“Our spanking sessions take place in the study, lights fully on. I invariably wear a severe black dress, black hose and patent pumps. By way of contrast, hubby is completely nude throughout and must bring along the hairbrush. Our relative positions are sharply defined–he is nude, humble, embarrassed and apprehensive while I am fully dressed, quietly confident and very much in charge. I have worked out a spanking ritual which he knows will be best for him to follow without protest despite the embarrassment it causes him.   barb-modernhousewife

“A chair is placed in the middle of the room and I sit down. Quietly but firmly, I give the commands. He must kneel at my feet, confess his fault and request correction in humble terms. Naturally, he is thoroughly shamefaced as I scold him and call him naughty. As I extend my right hand, the one I am going to spank him with, he must kiss it and then hand me the hairbrush. At my command, he...meekly goes over my lap for his spanking.

“I spank with a firm hairbrush stroke designed to sting and smart. Soon he is warm and rosy, and I can tell that he is really beginning to learn the lesson I am teaching. As I put the brush to him, I tell him that it’s all for his own good and that he should try to get some benefit out of it. As I continue with the brush, there are squirms and kicks and eventually tears and pleas for forgiveness. But I do not stop until I am satisfied that I have really gotten my point across, and that means a very red bottom and repentant hubby. I would guess that he averages from seventy to eighty spanks per session.

“When I am finished, he is given a few minutes in the corner to meditate about the matter and try to regain his self−control. He is then expected to prove to me that he has learned his lesson and is very penitent. He must kneel and thank me for the spanking.... I then tell him that he’ll have to undress me before we can make up. This is one order that he has never questioned! Soon I am as naked as he is, and the making up session is on. I am pretty hard on him when it comes to discipline, but I think that I make up for it afterward.”

As can readily be seen, Marilyn has used some very feminine wiles to bring her young husband under her control.
From Hermione's Heart

Monday, October 12, 2020

Recap: Spanko Brunch 2.0 for October 11

What are you thankful for? Tell us something good that has happened to you, and let us know how you are feeling.

Fred: I am in a bad way, depressed and unhappy. The whole world and the United Kingdom in particular has gone start raving mad. It's not all bad. I am in France visiting some friends, the last hurrah before Brexit makes this journey difficult. When I get home, after isolating, I will spend the winter with my lover. Stay safe everyone. It's always darkest before the dawn.

Alan: You should be MOST thankful that you live in Canada where your federal and provincials governments have mostly done a commendable job protecting you from the virus rather than in the states where our federal government has utterly failed.

Roz: Happy Thanksgiving Hermione! I'm so sorry you are unable to celebrate with family.

I am most thankful at the moment to be living in New Zealand and that our Government stepped in early to prevent the virus taking hold. We recently had a minor blip and were under a low level of restrictions again but are now again under no restrictions.

Dan: Hi Hermione. Sorry your Thanksgiving must be isolated this year. I feel the same way about our Halloween here in the US. For the first time in a long time, I have time to enjoy it and won't be traveling, but kids "trick or treating" won't be happening nor will costume parties, etc.

In any event, what do I have to feel thankful for:

-- While friends and family members have contracted the virus, none have gotten seriously ill.

-- We expected our business to tank, but everyone has adapted surprisingly well to remote working.

-- While I'm spending less time with extended family and friends, there has been more time with immediate family.

-- With more time on my hands, I've rediscovered reading for pleasure.

-- I seem to be the only guy I know who has *lost* weight during the shutdown.

-- I've had lots more nice walks with the dogs.

-- When we do go out to restaurants, it is much faster to get in.

Baxter: I agree with many things Dan said above. In mid March, my company sent us home to work remotely and that was excellent because I was commuting via bus and train, packed in with a lot of people. Thankfully, that happened and I did not get the virus nor did I bring it home to my wife. But then I was laid off in mid April, but with complete company benefits. I was considering early retirement so the layoff was AOK with me. Since then, my wife and I have been wearing masks at all stores and social distancing by going camping so far 32 nights this year in three midwestern states. We have been successfull in not getting the virus and that is important for two people in their 60s with comorbidities. Very thankful. I have read at least 30 novels since being laid off. And I have lost 22 pounds due to diet and exercise with another 10 or so to go. And I am getting spanked more often and that is definitely good. 

Willie: We too live in a hotspot and B's business has had to shut down again. I am thankful that this time, at least for the next 28 days, B was not laid off.

I'm also thankful that the sun will be shining this weekend so I can spend more time outside while the leaves are still colourful and plentiful.

Like Baxter and his wife B and I did a lot of camping this summer (some of this time while he was laid off) and recently lost 9 lb that I gained during the first half of this pandemic. More to go however.

Wendel: I am thankful for my wonderful little Misses. She has a warm heart and sometimes a warm bottom (giggle). I am thankful that we have essential jobs that can be worked from home. I am thankful for all the people that treat the sick, keep us safe, pack the meat, make the toilet paper, stock the grocery stores and cook food for us to pick up curbside. Finally, I am thankful for this wonderful blog called "Hermione's Heart" which puts a smile on my face whenever I read it. Thanks Hermione. Stay Safe.

Liza: I'm thankful that my family and friends are well.
I'm sorry you won't be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with your family but I hope you and Ron will have a happy day. 

Rich Person: Happy Thanksgiving, Hermione. I'm thankful I found this great community where I can visit with like-minded friends online. Also, I'm thankful for a safe home. I hope the coming year will see improvements. I keep that future where we can see each other freely in my vision. Let's get there soon.

Prefectdt: Happy Thanksgiving Hermione.

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to enjoy a play date this year, although a second one fell through, I hope to get a chance for a pay to play before the year is out. that would be good.

I am thankful that my family seems to be in good health and that the two members that did contract Covid 19 seem to have recovered well and did not require hospitalization.

I am so so thankful that I had the opportunity to have two vacations this year, I did not think that was going to happen.

My emotions right now - I would not say depressed but definitely down in the mouth. This was because of the realization that the annual Christmas trip to see the family in the UK was not possible and it will be Christmas alone this year.

Rosco: Irene and I especially miss our two sons and grandkids who live on the other coast. Other than that, we’re doing ok waiting for a vaccine, the election, the race war and the wildfires - hoping things will get better.

But we’re healthy, eating well etc. And every so often we have a tête-à-tête wherein there’s nothing else in the world except her feminine charms to distract me as I descend into pure bliss for an hour or two.

Barrel: It is sad not to share the holiday(s) with family as we normally do. But I agree with WendelJones, that these weekly gatherings with a unique family are a reason to be grateful. I am thankful to participate in a patient, kind and welcoming group for brunch where I learn and share with like-minded folks across the globe.

Personally, I am grateful to be working from home and with my wife 24/7. This has been a great exposure to what retirement feels like as I hope to take that step next year.

Magenta: Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy one another. Seeing family and friends again in the flesh is something to look forward to, something to keep us focused on a safer, HAPPIER future!

Graham: On a personal level, my wife and I have much to be thankful for, as do almost all of our friends.

That said, we don't live apart from the ugliness going on in the wider community. In addition to the virus, so many trends are bad. Not the least is watching democracy in retreat across the world. Once lost, it's hard to regain.

Perhaps even more disappointing is the refusal (in the USA, at particular) to respect the wonderful environment we were given on this planet. We continue to degrade it at an alarming rate, mostly to make a handful of people incredibly rich.

I could go on, but that's probably more than enough for a blog like this, but you did ask.

Best regards to you and yours. Stay safe and enjoy as much of life as you can.

Minelle: I am a glass half full kind of person. It’s a bit hard lately as I am remote teaching due to exposure x2. I am thankful I still have a job and a great deal of support! 

As to fun, we were gathering with family outside (social distancing) for a drink around lovely fires but since we await a serious medical surgery for hubby soooooo..... We quarantine but are still trying to stay upbeat! :)

Bonnie: I am very fortunate, so I have a lengthy list. But I will try to be concise.

I am grateful first for my husband who is my partner, best friend, and fellow explorer. I am thankful for our brilliant daughter and our clever, funny, beautiful granddaughter.

I am grateful for my friends, who I no longer divide into real life and virtual because they are now all the latter. I am grateful for the privilege of having jobs where we can work from home. I am also grateful for the technology that allows us to maintain some degree of normality.

It was a horrible summer in our town, but we are watching the horizon for the sunrise of better days.

 Hermione: I am thankful that Ron and I are in good health and have not succumbed to the dreaded covid; our public health department has done an outstanding job. When I am at the computer, I love to look out the window and see squirrels, chipmunks and assorted birds enjoying the peanuts and seeds I put out for them. I'm happy to be able to help my elderly neighbour by picking up groceries for her when I go shopping. 

Generally, I'm at peace, although I confess that regular spankings have a lot to do with that! Since we are both retired, the self-isolation precautions haven't altered our routines much. But the situation in the U.S. is scaring me, and it can only get worse once the election is over.

I am very thankful for my wonderful virtual friends, who visit me regularly via this blog, and give me strength and support.

Stay safe, dear friends!
From Hermione's Heart

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Spanko Brunch 2.0 #352

It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, but it isn't the same this year. Our family can't be with us; they live in a city in which covid-19 has spiked, and we are both at high risk, so the visit has been postponed indefinitely. Ron and I will enjoy our Thanksgiving feast alone.

We both manage to keep our spirits up, and find a lot to enjoy even as the virus surrounds us. Despite the constant threat of infection and the fear it causes, we find delight in small things, and have a lot to be thankful for. How about you?

What can you say you are thankful for in these dark times? What good things have you seen or experienced? How would you describe your emotions or general attitude?

Please leave your response as a comment. Once I have put away the leftovers I will publish an edited summary of our discussion.

From Hermione's Heart

Thursday, October 8, 2020

We live in interesting times

Stay safe, everyone!

From Hermione's Heart

Monday, October 5, 2020

Recap: Spanko Brunch 2.0 for October 4

What are your hard limits?

Roz: We probably have a few hard limits, but the main one that comes to mind is anything anal and fortunately we are on the same page.

Fred: I think limits are there to be pushed. You will never know if you like something, can take something unless you give it a go. Remember, that's what safe words are for. I did not think I would ever be caned until I tried it. 

Bernie: The major limit for us is my spanker's boundaries on how long, how hard, etc.

Bonnie: Yes, we agree on our limits - No knives, no blood, no scat, no fire, no tattoos or branding, no smacking anywhere other than my bottom (or maybe occasionally upper thighs), no humiliation or degradation, no constricting bondage, no breath play, no spanking when angry or intoxicated, no inversion, no posting media, and no other players. Other than that, it's all spanko goodness.

Prefectdt: I like to think that I am open minded to compromise to accommodate the desires of the person on the giving end but I do draw the line at anything to do with my nipples or belly button. Not sure why but the idea of playing on or around these places just makes me feel nauseous.

Jack: Limits. my wife knows when the spanking has been effective. No safe words, no begging or pleading from me will stop the spanking. 

Rosco: It’s all just a fun and intense wonderful sex game for Irene and me, so neither of us wants to do anything over the line.

She drew a little blood once with a switch and stopped immediately. I was disappointed at the time cuz I was really in a space of enjoying it.

For a long time Irene really enjoyed violating my bottom with various toys. Especially exciting was the stainless steel dildo after being in a glass of ice water. But at some point my rectum started to hurt and I asked her to back off those activities. She’s moved on effortlessly.

It’s been 40+ years - never a need for a safe word.

Barrel: I can’t think of any limits I have as the receiver. My wife has several, including sharing or including others in what we do and turning my redness to that light whitish gray color, but that hasn’t stopped me from encouraging her.

A good question this week. Thanks and Cheers!

Joe: No blood and no serious bruising and no one else is involved are the three rules my wife have set in stone. Most everything else she is willing to give a try if I want.

Willie: In our relationship, I think of limits not as things we both don't like. So for example I wouldn't say knife play, breath play, being defecated on etc. because B is not interested in those as well.

When we first started ttwd, I informed B that I didn't think I could emotionally handle being slapped across the face, and asked if he'd please not ever do that.

Other than that (based on my personal view of limits) no other hard limits come to mind.

Anon: My limit is anything public. I won't be nude in public, I won't be collared in public, and I won't be publicly scolded if I have dome something to deserve punishment. My submission is done entirely in private (and online anonymously.)

I have said no to anal sex, but it is something I could see myself coming around to at some point. I'm awfully scared to try it though.

Hermione: I am into spanking only, so I would draw the line at most other BDSM activities. We both agree that any sort of bloodletting means playtime is over, and absolutely no sharp objects. Other than that, I am more adventurous than Ron, so whatever he wants to try -- including anal -- is fine with me, because I know it won't be outside my comfort zone. 

Stay safe!
From Hermione's Heart

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Spanko Brunch 2.0 #351

Welcome, dear friends, to our weekly brunch. It's been another roller coaster week, so let's sit down, enjoy some virtual ice cream, and discuss our favourite activity.

Do you have certain hard limits? What do you absolutely draw the line at, in terms of position, implement, clothing, or anything else. What would happen if your partner wanted to exceed one of your limits?

Please leave your response as a comment below. Once everyone has spoken I will publish an edited summary of our discussion.

From Hermione's Heart

Saturday, October 3, 2020

You Completed the Caption

Anon 1: No dear you will not stand in the corner, sitting will remind you that naughty wives will be spanked.

QBuzz: 'Oh must you use the martinet in this position? It always tickles me in the NAUGHTIEST of places!' 

Anon 2: And now the generations to come will know that grandma got a spanking as needed ... and well that grandma was hot too. 

Anon 3: I hope you are enjoying your little sit-down there my dear. When I'm done strapping your cute little hiney you won't be able to sit comfortably for quit a while. Now go get yourself face down on the bed. 

Anon 4: You want me to sit like this, ass backwards? You rogue! What, without any bloomers? You want me to expose my bared bum off the edge of the chair, Sir? Like this...? Do you intend to use that doubled belt in your hand on me, dearest? But you know that a leathering will excite me terribly, Marcus, are you prepared for... Oh, I see that you are! Then by all means, please, my love, be hard on me... then, be hard in me... 

Anon 5: Come now, my dear. It's time to add some color to your uncommonly fair complexion. Don't worry, I'll do it where no one will know - unless a warm behind makes you blush.

Simon: Many people don't realise that in the Victorian era many people had to be taught how to use a chair. This is Emma's first attempt. 

Ronnie: I hope Gerald likes his surprise when he gets home.

Baxter: I got the chair as you requested and now I am sitting upon it. Oh, I am not supposed to be sitting upon it? YOU are going to sit on it and then I am going to lay over your lap, bare bottom up? Why ever for? You are going to spank me? Well, it is about time you took me over your knee for a spanking. I have been misbehaving for a long time, just trying to get you to do your job as my husband. Spank me like you mean it. 

Wendel: Wow! Look at the craftmanship of the seat.

Hermione: No, darling. I sit on the chair and you lie over my lap. Now get up so we can begin.

From Hermione's Heart

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Complete the Caption

My grandfather's photo album contains some very intriguing pictures. I wonder what the circumstances surrounding this images were. We'll never know for sure, but we can have fun guessing.

Complete the caption by leaving a comment. I'll publish your submissions before brunch on Saturday.

From Hermione's Heart