Ronny's most recent piece is a miniature version of the Ernest Hemingway House which is located at 907 Whitehead Street in Key West, Florida. I found a photo of the real house so that you can compare the real with Ronny Bailey's folk art. Ronny's version comes complete with a hand carved figure of the old man himself standing on the front porch with fishing pole in hand. Cats abound everywhere - on the roof, on the porches, in the garden, and even lounging in the flower box. If you look inside the first floor center door you will see a cat laying on the stairway. Inside each door or window you will find some vignette that sets each space off with a bit of Ronny's passion for whimsy and detail. Inside one window Ronny painted a mirror hanging on the wall. The mirror reflects the blue sky and palm tree one would reflected from across Whitehead Street. On the wall behind another door there is a painting of Ernest and a trophy fish he caught.
Unlike the majority of Ronny's pieces which are fashioned of Dade County Pine, the Hemingway House is stucco. The first floor French doors and second floor windows have paladin windows that given this home a look unlike others in Key West. The ground floor has saltillo tiles whereas the second floor deck has wood planks. The wrought iron pillars surround the house to support the second floor deck. If you look close you will see the two story porch attaches to the metal roof system so familiar in Key West. You must look very carefully CLICK HERE to see minute details like paint drippings and clamps that attach the metal roof to the porch system.
And just so that you appreciate the magnitude of this undertaking, everything you see was carved or created by Ronny Bailey. Nothing you see came out of a "kit". You cannot go to any store to buy the iron railing, or historically correct wood shutters, or any minute artifact that makes up the totality of this piece of art.
The Ernest Hemingway House and other pieces of Ronny Bailey's art are now on display at the Fleming Street Gallery at 830 Fleming Street, Key West. Ronny's larger pieces are quite expensive. He has created small version that may be purchased at lower prices. See two examples below.
CLICK HERE to view more pics of the Ronny's Hemingway House. Click on any photo to enlarge.
I am continually amazed at the attention to detail and the love Ronny imparts to each piece of work he creates. The original pieces are quite expensive. The smaller high quality art photos are reasonably priced and will appeal to Hemingway and Bailey fans alike. Get them before they are gone.