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Here are a few more celebrity beaks. The one above is by Edward Seago. I don't think it is one of his better pictures, in fact when I see a fine historic painter do a beak I think they often are defeated. I love the color, you can keep the beak. He has used the bright notes to pull us away from the point of the beak, which he has made the same color and value as his water to minimize it.
Her has plugged in some clouds that somewhat distract us from the beak, but it is still a beak. There are lots of really great Seagos, and I have shown some on my blog, but I don't feel this is one of them. Below is a Sanford Gifford with a beak, a rather blunt beak.
I feel the same way about this effort too. Gifford has put in the beach and the incoming waves and they help distract us from the beak, but again I don't feel it is a particularly good Gifford. He has broken it up with rocks, grass and other variations, and blunted its tip.
The next two paintings are by Frederick Waugh. Waugh dealt with this beak problem all of the time being a seascape painter. In the painting above he has distracted us from the beak with the big puffball of spray grabbing our attention, rather than the beak at the upper right. Waugh has also lit the beak away from its pointy end, and that helps too. Those cliffs to the right of the beak's point pull our eye back and away from the point.
Here is a better solution. Being a seascape painter, Waugh can design his water and rocks almost any way he likes. Here he has several small rocks, interwoven with surf, decorating and obfuscating the beaks jagged point. The wave out to sea there also spreads our attention out over a wider area.