What are Negative Paintings? Patti Maciesz March 17, 2016 My method is best explained visually; I start with a regular photo. I digitally invert the colors to get a negative, at this point the picture resembles a film negative. I simply paint what I see on this inverted photo. Sometimes I even do it "blind" and guess what the inverted colors would be. Helps to have a color wheel memorized. This is the final print. I photograph the painting and then invert the colors again to get this.