Woo hoo! I figured with the fire on, and the oven on, it might be warm enough to not worry about the paint cracking while it dried. I was all set to experiment with drying the paintings in my toaster oven if need be; wicked low heat - it could work. So here I am with bulk Italian sausage cooking on the stove and while I am mid-chop with the cabbage, ... wait for it ... the power went out. Let me say that again. THE POWER WENT OUT. It was about 6:15 or so. sigh. I rounded up all my candles (five of them) and put fresh batteries in my tiny little flashlight. Poodle and I huddled under a comforter on the couch, reading my new magazine by flashlight, with ten frozen fingers and one frozen nose. The power came back on at 10:30. Needless to say I had a really late dinner, no chicken was cooked, and I packed my stuff and brought it to work today so I can paint here after we close.
Note to self: get more candles and a bigger flashlight.