The Morton Arboretum did something like that at their Christmas display this past winter (it's probably been done elsewhere, too). In one case they had a camera set up that let you do goofy expressions and paint it on trees.
It worked in the technical sense, but it was extremely difficult to make out any detail. You might get a sense of colors swirling but that's about as far as it goes.
Photographing it requires a tripod and long exposures.